Edinburgh Conference Centre in £12.8m record revenue

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has reported record revenue of £12.8 million for the year to December 31, 2023 (2022: £11.8m), along with a record profit increased to £2.6 million (2022: £699,000).

The economic impact figure of the EICC, which relates to the direct benefit of conferences and events taking place at the EICC to Edinburgh and the surrounding region, totaled £58 million (2022: £51.9m).

Total economic impact since the EICC opened its doors in 1995 is now approximately £850 million.

The venue hosted over 132,000 delegates and visitors during the year (2022: 72,000), with 18 international associations holding major conferences at the EICC.

Global Equity Organisation’s 24th annual conference in April, the 15th World Congress on Endometriosis in May, and HYDRO 2023 in October were among international association conferences during the year.

EICC CEO Marshall Dallas said: “We kept our sales team intact throughout the pandemic, which in retrospect was integral to our revenue performance last year because we were able to hit the ground running post-pandemic …

“Holding large international association conferences is a significant part of our raison d’être, and in the current year we already have twenty one international conferences confirmed to take place, so that’s a really encouraging number for us and for business tourism in general in Edinburgh and Scotland.”

Two of the major international association conferences taking place in 2024 at the EICC are the World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer in September and the 36th International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshop in November.

In December, the EICC announced a string of major conference wins over the next three years that will equate to its strongest ever pipeline of events business.

The 40 conferences and events, which will bring around 20,000 delegates to Edinburgh and the EICC and translate to around £32 million of economic impact.