The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has secured a string of UK and international conference wins for 2022 and 2023, with the EICC’s CEO Marshall Dallas heralding a “return in confidence” in business travel in the events industry.
The 6th International Symposium on Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease takes place in September 2022, with around 600 delegates expected, and the following month, in October, the Society for Melanoma Research International Annual Congress will be held at the venue with approximately 1,200 delegates due to attend.
UNISON, the UK’s latest trade union, is also bringing six of its national equality-related conferences to the EICC between February 2022 and October 2023, with between 300 and 900 delegates at each event. The UNISON women’s conference takes place in February 2022, the union’s LGBT+ conference in No-vember 2022, and the black members’ conference in January 2023. UNISON’s retired members’, police & justice, and disabled members’ conferences are all taking place in October 2023.
Marshall Dallas (CEO, EICC) said: “It’s great to see a number of major national and international conferences set to take place, and what’s notable is the defi-nite feeling of a return of confidence in business travel across the events indus-try as a whole. That has been reflected in the many conversations our team has been having with conference organisers worldwide, the conferences we are announcing today, and further conference wins we have in the pipeline.”
Earlier this month, the EICC welcomed in-person conferences back to the venue when the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine’s annual conference took place, while the month of August saw 14 different shows featured as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. TED’s Countdown Summit takes place in Oc-tober in the run up to COP26, and tech festival Turing Fest is being hosted at the venue in November ahead of SCDI’s 2021 Forum which will see business and political leaders discuss opportunities for positive transformation for Scotland.