Business tourism booms for Dundee and Angus

Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau (DACB) has announced that conferences and events which took place in Dundee and Angus during 2005 resulted in almost £9m of direct expenditure in the area. This represents an increase in the region of £750,000 when compared with the figures for 2004. DACB business tourism manager Karen Tocher said: “In 1998 the estimated direct expenditure value of business tourism to Dundee and Angus was just over £2.5m. The increase in value to just under £9m in 2005 represents an uplift of over 350%.” The increase in the direct value of business tourism to Dundee and Angus is also representative of the rising numbers of both UK and international delegates attending conferences and events in venues in Dundee and Angus. Tocher added: “Delegate numbers have increased exponentially over an eight-year period. In 1998 approximately 9,500 UK delegates attended events in Dundee and Angus. This figure has risen to over 190,000 in 2005. The number of international delegates attending events and conferences in Dundee and Angus has also increased, going from just 32 international delegates in 1998 to almost 13,000 in 2005.” Tocher continued: “Business tourism is extremely important to the Dundee and Angus economy with business visitors spending, on average, three times more than leisure tourists.”

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