Edinburgh Convention Bureau pulls in the money men

The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) has chosen Edinburgh as the venue for its annual conference next spring bringing up to 800 delegates at the sharp end of dealing with the impact of the fallout from the turmoil in the banking industry.

The three-day conference, which will run from 28-30 April at the EICC, will be addressed by several leading industry figures, including: Mervyn Davies, chairman of Standard Chartered; Angela Knight, chief executive at the British Bankers’ Association; Martin Court, chief executive at Dyson; James Smith, chairman of Shell UK; and James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank.

The conference, which is expected to inject just over £1.1 million into the local economy, is one of 15 new events won for the city with the assistance of the Edinburgh Convention Bureau. In total, these events, which will take place between December this year and October 2010, will involve up to 6,375 delegates and be worth an estimated £7.9 million to the economy.

Sue Stuart, chief executive of the Edinburgh Convention Bureau, commented: “Edinburgh is a major international finance centre which makes it an excellent location to host the Association of Corporate Treasurers conference. We are delighted to work with them to ensure their members have a memorable experience during their stay that will persuade them to return to the city for a personal visit.”

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