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Edinburgh secures three conferences worth £8m

Edinburgh has won three association conferences, estimated to be worth almost £8m to the local economy.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre has secured three new business events
Edinburgh International Conference Centre has secured three new business events

The three events are the British Neuroscience Association’s (BNA) ‘Festival of Neuroscience’ in 2015, the World Congress of Bioethics in June 2016 and the International Neuromodulation Society World Congress in June 2017. 

The BNA’s ‘Festival of Neuroscience’ is a particularly high profile event, which will take place on 12-15 April 2015, during one of the largest science festivals in Europe, the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The congress, which will be attended by more than 1,500 academics, will bring a forecast economic benefit to the city of £2.4m.

All three events were won as a result of a joint bid from Marketing Edinburgh’s Convention Bureau and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

Elaine Snell, chief executive for The British Neuroscience Association, said: "Not only were we impressed with the EICC’s extensive facilities, but the city itself will be a popular and natural draw for the attending delegates.

"That we are able to also coincide the BNA’s Festival of Neuroscience with the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a marvellous opportunity for us to further engage with the public, and talk about the amazing research that is helping our understanding of the brain.

"A successful conference requires a seamless response on all levels and  we are confident that the coordinated support offered by EICC and Marketing Edinburgh’s Convention Bureau will result in our 2015 event being a highlight of the year for the organisation." 

John Donnelly, chief executive of Marketing Edinburgh, said: "As a conference destination city, Edinburgh punches well above its weight, rated 33rd in the world and second only to London in the UK by the ICCA. 

"That said, we simply can’t rest on our laurels. International competition is fierce and ongoing challenges such as cost, VAT on tourism related products and Air Passenger Duty (APD), all have a limiting impact on future growth. 

"To help counter this, collaboration is crucial. As the latest bid wins prove, a cohesive, city-specific approach between Marketing Edinburgh’s business tourism team and our bid-partners, can help us maximise the appeal of this amazing city."

More: Virgin Atlantic conference lands in Edinburgh

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