Event Scotland will boost meeting role

Conference business in Scotland looks set to receive a major boost with the formation of a body to handle major events coming into the country. Event Scotland will be established later this month with £10m funding from the Scottish Executive, and its remit will include large association conferences. Business Tourism Scotland chairman Mike Closier said it would have a co-ordinating role in the long-term planning for large-scale events coming to Scotland and providing assistance with bidding support. “Event Scotland will make a structured events diary as far ahead as 2015, ensuring the availability of sufficient hotel stock, and fill gaps in the calendar,” he said. Event Scotland will complement the existing convention bureau (SCB). “I believe Event Scotland it will be of great value in highlighting the importance of business tourism,” said SCB head of sales and marketing Carolyn Dow.

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