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Event wins boost Edinburgh economy

30 conferences worth £6m confirmed since May

Edinburgh wins 30 new conferences
Edinburgh wins 30 new conferences

Edinburgh has won 30 new conferences worth £6m to the local economy since the start of May.

The events were confirmed between 11 May and 16 June and are set to attract 5,200 delegates, according to the Edinburgh Convention Bureau (ECB).

Upcoming events in the capital include the four-day Vascular Surgical Society 2011 meeting, which is expected to attract 800 delegates to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

ECB chief executive Sue Stuart said: "Business tourism is vitally important in declaring to the world that Edinburgh is most definitely open for business despite the incredibly tough economic climate."

Edinburgh: Key Stats

28 - Edinburgh rose by eight places to 28th in the 2008 ICCA rankings

£73.5m - ECB won 201 conferences during 2008/09 worth £73.5m to the economy

£300m - The annual total value of Edinburgh's business tourism's estimated worth is almost £300 million.

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