Scotland

Edinburgh’s ICC welcomes the return of in-person conferences and events

The UK-based Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will see the return of in-person conferences for the first time since the pandemic next week, with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine’s fifth annual conference, BSLM2021, taking place at the venue between 2-4 September. The EICC has been Edinburgh’s primary vaccination centre since February and was also one of the Edinburgh Festi...

Scotland to lift most Covid-related restrictions but limits remain on events

Following the announcement by Scotland first minister Nicola Sturgeon that most Covid-related restrictions would be lifted in the country on 9 August, minister for culture, Europe and international development Jenny Gilruth has clarified that operators of outdoor events with capacities of more than 5,000 will still be required to apply for permission to local authorities. Organisers of events indo...

Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group calls on Government for more support

Representatives from Scotland’s events industry have appealed to the Scottish Government to provide further financial support. Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) has recommended an extra £40m in restart funding be made available along with a raft of other initiatives including the continuation of the Job Retention Scheme on a flexible basis from this September to March next year. EIAG...

HANG out with Scotland’s first ever hip-hop conference

Organisers of HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland’s first ever hip-hop conference, have announced new additions to its inaugural all-day educational and cultural event, set for 31 July. The announcement, 14 July, also signals a new partnership between AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the UK’s independent music sector, and HANG, which is presented by the Scotti...

Identity to follow up G7 work by helping UK Government to deliver COP26 in Glasgow

Events agency Identity has been chosen to work with the UK Government to deliver the 26th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland this November. Following a competitive tender process, UK-based Identity will deliver the 12-day event at Glasgow’s SEC Centre on behalf of the UK Government. The news follows Identity’s delivery of the G7 Summit in Cornwall ...

Glasgow chosen as host city for 2023 International Play Association World Congress

The International Play Association (IPA) has chosen Glasgow to host its 2023 World Congress, which will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University. The congress will host up to 700 delegates from over 50 countries around the world, and is worth over £1m to the city’s economy. Former hosts of the congress include Calgary and Istanbul. The IPA aims to protect, preserve and promote children’s right to ...

Edinburgh’s ICC becomes first venue to gain Green Meetings Standard certification by Green Tourism

Sustainable certification programme Green Tourism has launched its Green Meetings Standard, with the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Scotland becoming the first venue to gain the accreditation. Edinburgh-based Green Tourism said the initiative was introduced to highlight meetings and event venues with high environmental and sustainability standards and practices in place. Hotel...

Scotland’s EVENTIT to return in September at EICC

EVENTIT, Scotland’s annual showcase for business event professionals, is set to return following a disruptive year in which Covid-19 forced the organisers to postpone the event twice.  EVENTIT will return on 10 September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and will mark the first major business event to be held in Scotland since Covid-19 restrictions were first introduced last ...

Democratic hospitality

Vitali Vitaliev visits an old Scottish treasure and finds it offers a uniquely democratic kind of hospitality.