Edinburgh International Conference Centre secures £85m funding

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Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has secured £85m of funding from owner, City of Edinburgh Council, for its expansion plans.A meeting of the full council gave unanimous backing to the funding for the events space and separate grade A office building on a site adjacent to the EICC.EICC will now direct principal contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, to start the new build before the end of July 2010 with completion projected for December 2012.“Our expansion space again raises the bar for Europe’s most technologically advanced meetings and events venue and with construction work about to begin our duty to our shareholder is to ensure that every major international association and corporate event has Edinburgh on its future destination shortlist,” says EICC’s chief executive, Hans H Rissmann OBE.Councillor Jenny Dawe says: “Edinburgh will now expand its world-class international conference centre and strengthen its position in the global business tourism marketplace. EICC has been a prize asset for the people of Edinburgh and over the next 30 years the expanded business is forecast to return an estimated £2.4bn of economic benefit to the city”.Meanwhile, VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit has embarked on a marketing tour to bring more business tourism to Scotland. Business Tourism, which includes visitors who come for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and events, is worth £827m to the Scottish economy.The team from VisitScotland is touring cities in the North of England, visiting event and meeting planners. Taking eight businesses with it and using a bus as the venue, the tour includes speed networking to enable VisitScotland and its partners to demonstrate how well Scotland is geared up for the conference and meetings market. Photo: Courtesy of Edinburgh Convention Bureau
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