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EICC back in profit after record year of events

Marshall DallasEdinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) moved back into profit last year after hosting the highest levels of events and delegates in its 21-year history.

The facility posted record turnover and moved into profitability for the first time since the £35 million expansion was completed in 2013. 

The venue also achieved its greatest economic impact at £51.6 million (2015: 45.8m).

Delegate numbers totalled 91,000 in 2016 against 71,000 in 2015, with the number of events up to 200 from 145 in 2015.

This was in line with increased international association business during the year and a greater diversity of events, including several during the Edinburgh Festivals in August.  Other highlights in 2016:

  • In May, it was confirmed that the EICC had become the first Scottish organisation and one of the first in Europe to achieve international Quality and Environmental Standards
  • becoming only the second building in Edinburgh to achieve an Autism Friendly Award ahead of hosting the 11th Autism-Europe International Congress in September 
  • enhancing the venue’s accessibility measures ahead of the Rehabilitation International World Congress in October, where 1,000 international delegates, of which 50 were wheelchair users and 200 had various disabilities, met to discuss and advocate empowerment and inclusion for disabled people across the world
  • hosting Oscar-winning Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, as the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the Scottish Business Awards on 17 November, where DiCaprio addressed the 2,000 dinner guests

Chief executive Marshall Dallas (pictured) wants the EICC to become one of the most socially responsible conference centres worldwide.   

He said: “Perhaps our greatest achievement is our increasing reputation as one of the most accessible and environmentally sound conference centres worldwide.”

He said this helped secure a “significant upswing” in international association and corporate business. 

“In 2017, we will continue to invest in our people and technology to keep us ahead of the curve.”

The EICC opened in 1995 and is owned by the City Council, operating at arm’s length as an independent commercial venture.

Gavin Barrie, economy convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The successes of the EICC last year demonstrate the continuing significant financial benefit that the centre brings to the capital.

“The Council’s sale of the Atria office development has helped financially with their expansion plans so congratulations to Marshall Dallas and his team for their hard work in attracting even more businesses and organisations from across the globe to this fantastic venue.

Edinburgh is the highest ranked UK conference destination outside London according to leading global industry body, the International Congress and Convention Association.

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