EICC - Edinburgh International Conference Centre


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A Profile Of Edinburgh's EICC

A profile of the EICC by Viv Devlin - April 2012

Tourism in Scotland is flourishing; there is no doubt its perennial popularity by visitors worldwide has put this "best wee country in the world" on the map for its fine historic cities, Highlands and islands, golf and whisky. For twelve years running, the readers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers have voted Edinburgh as their favourite city in the UK, renowned for its arts festivals, history, heritage and architecture. Tourism generates 1.6 billion annually and sustains over 30,000 jobs.

     EICC Edinburgh - aerial view

EICC Edinburgh

events at EICC

EICC exterior

proposed EICC additions


Leisure visitors on vacation in Scotland's Capital are only part of the picture.  The economic value of Business Tourism is estimated to be in excess of £300 million per annum and Edinburgh is ranked first in a Visit Britain value for money survey out of ten top conference destinations.

     Edinburgh Convention Bureau

The marketing buzz words to describe Edinburgh include arts, attractions, culture, festivals, innovation, restaurants, weather and vibrancy.  With its ancient castle as a dramatic backdrop, this is a modern, cosmopolitan European city. 

Its unique selling point for staging international conferences is its prime reputation in the fields of medicine, education, research, science, technology and finance.  The diversity and quality of academic achievements, both past and present, from the cloning of Dolly the Sheep to its status as UNESCO City of Literature, brands Edinburgh as a world leader and a centre of excellence. 

In 2010/11, Edinburgh was named as “Europe’s best small city of the future” by fDi Magazine. Judged on economic potential, quality of life and employment, the award is recognition of Scotland’s inspirational Capital for corporate investment and business tourism.


Edinburgh is ranked second only to London in the UK for International Association meetings and in ICCA’s top 30 destinations in the global business tourism market.  “       
Hans Rissmann, Chief Executive, Edinburgh International Conference Centre. (EICC). 

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre, known internationally as the EICC, is owned by the City of Edinburgh Council and operates as an independent commercial venture and is renowned for excellent service, administration and staging facilities.   Since opening in 1995, within the Exchange district, the financial and commercial hub, the centre has staged more than 2,500 events, conventions, trade exhibitions, arts performances and awards dinners generating £245m for the city.  

EICC Edinburgh Conference & Events   EICC Edinburgh Conference & Events   
Designed by Sir Terry Farrell, this is an impressive ochre stone, glass and steel, drum-shaped building (reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) featuring an exuberant curved entrance which leads directly into the grand Strathblane reception hall. 

The EICC can accommodate all manner of events, from small scale meetings to global conferences for 2,000 people with five spacious venues including the impressive Pentland Suite.

A major expansion programme to offer enhanced facilities and space, with improved technology and an important Plan-it green™ sustainable programme.  Visitors wish to ensure they leave the lightest environmental footprint when they travel.


Auditorium at EICC Edinburgh Conference Centre

The multi-level expansion, due to be completed by spring 2013, will feature a glass Atrium and the multi-purpose Lennox Suite, which will be equipped with a unique moving floor facility to change the space layout and floor design from raked auditorium, catwalk  or tiered area to a flat banqueting arena.

The £85 million development project will create purpose-built, energy-saving, high-tech, production and service kitchens - believed to be second only in scale to those being built for the London 2012 Olympic Athletes’ Village.  “Leith’s at the EICC” is the in-house catering partner, providing all food and drink from delegates’  tea, coffee and shortbread, to lavish dinners.  Emphasis is on serving locally sourced produce, beef, game, seafood, vegetables and cheese to show off Scotland’s larder to an international clientele.

“In a world where conference cuisine can sometimes lack inspiration,
Leith’s at the EICC set out to confound every preconception.”

EICC 2013     

With upmarket hospitality, flexible function spaces and well designed entrance level, the extension incorporates new meeting, convention and break-out suites, together with office accommodation and retail units.

The luxury new-look EICC will offer a world class destination for global corporations and industry – this is an exciting, major concept, part of a 30 year business plan which forecasts a £3.2 billion economic growth in Edinburgh.  


Edinburgh - International Conference City


Edinburgh has a strong track record in delivering successful global and governmental events including an Antarctic consultative meeting, the NATO assembly, and a World Wide Web Convention.  The Edinburgh International TV Festival has been held at the EICC every August since 1999.  

As well as a fine Conference venue, Edinburgh offers business visitors a wealth of historic and cultural places to plan dinners, leisure activities and hospitality events. 

Host a private reception on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, or a themed banquet in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.  The National Museum of Scotland re-opened this summer after a multi million face lift - the largest museum in the UK outside London, with a magnificent display of treasures; the grand gallery is open for private functions.


Even though the Scottish population is only around 10% of the UK as a whole, 23% of all International Association conferences held in the UK during 2011 were hosted in Scotland.  Easy access plays a vital part in maintaining Edinburgh's popularity. Scotland's Capital is very accessible for conference delegates, with an excellent train service from London and UK cities.  The newly expanded Edinburgh Airport has direct flights from around 76 international destinations (and rising), including Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris and New York, as well as an air shuttle service from London. The airport to city centre is just 8 miles, with bus and taxi (and forthcoming tram) transport links. Add in a wealth of hotel accommodation, restaurants and cultural activities and you have a winning formula for a conference and convention centre.

Forthcoming events at the EICC are the National Association of Pension funds, for trustees, pension managers and finance directors, the 6th World Fisheries Congress hosted by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the World Potato Congress. 

Edinburgh - conference destination     

Choosing a destination is not just about finding the right size of conference centre to cater for your 300 or 1,250 delegates.  It’s about location, facilities and creativity to put into play the best environment to engage, inspire, inform and entertain your target audience. As an international convention centre and conference venue Edinburgh's EICC offers the most technologically advanced facilities in Europe, dedicated to creating a bespoke design service for your convention, conference, exhibition, banquet or Oscar style awards ceremony. 

"The Edinburgh location is wonderful. It's somewhere that people from all over the world like to come to. The EICC has been superb. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best venue that I have been to. It wasn't all work ... the social programme included the conference dinner at the EICC and a small function at the Royal Yacht Britannia. It's been a wonderful experience. "

Professor Bill Banks, Chairman
ICCM - 17th International Conference on Composite Materials (which broke the record for delegate numbers).


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