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£720m economic impact marks EICC’s 25th anniversary

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is marking 25 years of operation in the same week it reveals 2019 was its most successful year.

The venue, which has played host to President Barack Obama and actor Leonardo di Caprio, has produced an economic impact of more than £720 million since opening its doors in September 1995, with record revenue of £12.6m achieved in 2019.

“In so many ways, our 25th anniversary will not be the occasion we envisaged it to be pre the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, it’s a significant milestone and an important occasion to appreciate the many achievements to date, as well as our position as one of the world’s leading conference centres,” EICC CEO Marshall Dallas said.

“2019 was our best ever year, and we came into 2020 with a record number of events on our books before the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to close the venue in March.”

“We continue to take bookings for 2021 and have recently secured a number of major conferences for next year which we will be announcing in the near future.  We, of course, remain circumspect about business activity in light of prevailing conditions, however, we have focused our efforts on implementing extensive health and wellbeing measures in readiness for safely welcoming delegates back to our venue.”

The EICC has been running online events since lockdown and in March the venue launched a new online events platform, Make it Edinburgh Live, which was created to enable the venue team to run conferences and events entirely online or via a combination of online and in situ.  In turn, significant investment has been made this year in both technology and related training across the team at the EICC.

“What has been a hopeful prospect during the pandemic is that we have developed a market-leading online events platform that has enabled us to stage conferences which have a greater global reach for audiences around the world,” added Dallas.

“When we combine this in a hybrid scenario once delegates return to the venue, we believe we’ll have one of the best offerings of any conference centre worldwide.”