Edinburgh venues boost conference business

Edinburgh venues generated £42.6 million for the local economy in the first half of the financial year, according to the latest figures.

The Edinburgh Convention Bureau (ECB) revealed that the members are confident that they are on track to meet their annual target of securing £73.9 million worth of conferences for the city.

Sue Stuart, chief executive of the ECB, said the results indicate that business tourism is holding up well despite the recession and the increasingly competitive environment.

"Overall we are delighted to be in a position that places us in line to achieve our business target for the year, which was set higher than the £73.5m we delivered last year," she added.

Last month alone, the city secured £9.5 million worth of events for the local economy, including the Quadrennial Congress of European Society of Plastic Constructive Aesthetic Surgeons.

Aberdeen has also been enjoying success in the events business, hosting the Offshore Europe event last month which saw more than 49,000 people visit each day.

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