Dundee and Angus CB adds £3million to local economy

Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau boosted its local economy by just over £3,000,000 through the conferences and events it secured to take place in the region throughout 2005. Convention bureau business tourism manager Karen Tocher said: “The role that business tourism, in the form of conferences, meetings and events, has to play in Dundee and Angus’s economy should not be underestimated. On average, three times more is spent by conference delegates than by leisure tourists; this includes registration fees, travel costs, accommodation, food and drink and the added impact of delegates extending their stay and bringing their partners and families.” Of the events held during 2005 Tocher highlighted three as particularly important in their economic contribution to the area. The British Society for Dental Research 2005 conference, the 6th International Congress Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities and the Rotary District 1020 Conference were all important because of their economic impact and also the size of the event,” she said. “For example, the 6th International Congress attracted delegates from 65 different countries. These three events alone contributed almost £1,000,000 to the local economy.” Tocher added, “In total, 39 events were secured during 2005 to take place in Dundee and Angus. Over the past year the bureau has invested an enormous amount of effort and work into developing competitive destination support and has already begun to reap the benefits, following successful bids for events such as the RCN 2007 Research Conference where we were competing against other UK destinations and the ITiCSE 2007 Conference, competing against Madrid.”

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