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Scottish Conservative conference to bring £1m boost to Edinburgh

8 Dec 2013

Jackson Carlaw MSP

Edinburgh is expected to receive an economic boost of more than £1million with the hosting of the Scottish Conservatives’ annual conference.

Next year’s event will be held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), who estimate the spring gathering will generate £1.47million for Scotland’s capital.

The conference will take place between March 14 and 16 and will feature senior party figures from around the UK.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:

“It is significant the Scottish Conservatives will be holding their annual conference in the nation’s capital in the same year as the referendum, which will be a defining moment in our history.

“As the home of the Scottish Parliament there is no better place to debate the future of Scotland’s place within the UK.

“This will be one of the party’s most important conferences for several years and we are looking forward to welcoming senior Conservative figures and members from around the UK.

“This year the conference will be extended by an extra day, which means delegates can look forward to a packed programme of events over three days.”

EICC Chief Executive, Hans H Rissmann OBE, said:

“2014 will live on in the record books as a historic year in Scotland’s political history and we are delighted to play our part as the chosen venue for one of the major party conferences next spring.”

 

 

· This year EICC welcomed its one millionth delegate.
· It is estimated that the Scottish Conservative Party 2014 Conference will generate £1.47 million in economic impact for the City of Edinburgh.
· It is forecast that by end 2014 the EICC will have generated £402 million in economic impact for the City of Edinburgh in 18 years of operation.
· The EICC opened in 1995, boasting the world’s first revolving auditoria.
· The raked-theatre Pentland Suite, can seat up to 1,200 delegates and its revolving floor plan can create three separate auditoria of 600, 300 and 300 seats in under four minutes.
· In May 2013, the EICC delivered another world-first in the new Lennox Suite, which features hall-wide moving-floor-technology.
· The 1,600 m2 suite transforms from a flat-floored event space to modes such as raked auditorium for 2,000, arena set-up for 1,400 and tiered cabaret style for 800 delegates, all in a fraction of the time required in conventional halls.