Edinburgh venues 'helping to boost Scottish GDP'

Edinburgh is well positioned within the tourism industry, which is one of the key sectors projected for growth in coming years, according to a council officer.

Dave Anderson, director of city development at Edinburgh City Council, writing for the Scotsman, said that there is plenty of investment being made into the Scottish capital, which will boost its appeal.

Plans are currently underway for an £850 million project to develop St James Quarter, improving the retail, hotel and restaurant offering there.

Mr Anderson stressed that venues such as the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will also be a big part of the city's 42 per cent contribution to Scotland's gross domestic product (GDP).

"New exhibition and events facilities will help improve the city's offer for business-related tourism," he commented.

The EICC is set for an £85 million expansion, which will see the banqueting facilities at the conference centre extended to cater for up to 1,600 people.

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