Convention Edinburgh, the business tourism arm of Marketing Edinburgh, has been named as a finalist in one of the UK’s biggest tourism industry awards for the first time.
Shortlisted in the category of Best UK Convention Bureau in the Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards, Convention Edinburgh will battle it out with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Liverpool Convention Bureau, London & Partners and NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau.
Recognising excellence in the various sectors of the conference and event market, nominees for the 19 M&IT Award categories were voted for by the readers of M&IT Magazine.
Already celebrating a strong performance this financial year, Convention Edinburgh and its members worked together to secure over 174 new bid wins in the last 12 months*. This is expected to bring more than 63,000 delegates to Edinburgh and generate over an estimated £95m to the local economy.
Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Edinburgh said: “The fact our nomination is the direct result of our clients taking the time to vote for us, is incredibly rewarding in itself. In the last three years since Marketing Edinburgh was created, our business tourism team has worked incredibly hard to promote Edinburgh as a world leading conference destination.
“Results are speaking for themselves, were are hosting more delegates and winning more conference bids than ever before. With its award-winning venues, amazing food and drink and an inspirational setting, Edinburgh continues to punch above its weight in the competitive international conference market.”
For the last seven years, Edinburgh has retained its position as the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings and is ranked 40th in the world-ranking of international conference destinations by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
All will be revealed on Tuesday 3 March at the glittering M&IT Award ceremony in London.
*Relates from the period January – December 2014