MECB recently announced its best year to date, with conference wins over the last 12 months estimated to be worth over £90million in economic impact to the city, and the new team members will support the wider business tourism team as it works to exceed this figure in 2014/15.
Positions for a Corporate Sales Executive, Association Sales Coordinator and Conference Accommodation Coordinator have now been filled, with the winning candidates hailing years of experience from travel, tourism and events backgrounds.
Laura Henry, Association Sales Executive
An experienced sales manager, Laura Henry joins MECB from Edinburgh Castle Events, where she secured B2B and C2B function bookings and developed hospitality gift packages. Reporting directly to the Head of Business Tourism, Laura will work to secure national association conferences and sell the association services of MECB and its members nationally and internationally.
Emma Oosterling, Corporate Sales Executive
An International Tourism Management and Consultancy graduate, Emma Oosterling joins MECB with experience of working in events marketing at the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, where she developed a customer loyalty programme. In her new role she will secure corporate business for Marketing Edinburgh’s Convention Bureau’s members and organise two Destination Edinburgh Workshops to showcase the city to potential buyers.
Nam Gowans, Conference Accommodation Coordinator
Tourism Studies graduate Nam Gowans will work within the Convention Accommodation Bookings Services (CABS) team to directly support conference organisers to secure adequate accommodation for delegates. CABS handle over £1.7m of accommodation bookings annually and achieved the team’s highest revenue to date for year ending 31 March 2014.
Lesley Williams, Head of Marketing Edinburgh’s Convention Bureau said: “In our bid to further establish Edinburgh as a leading international destination for conferences, we pride ourselves on a dedicated team of business tourism experts and are confident that Laura, Emma and Nam will be an asset to both our members and event organisers looking to come to Edinburgh.
“As Edinburgh grows in popularity for meeting and conference planners who recognise the city for its world class venues, value for money and attractions for delegates, our expanded team are equipped to help meet their needs and welcome them to the city.”
Having climbed five places since last year, Edinburgh is now the 33rd most popular destination in the world in which to host an international association meeting and the only UK city in the top 50 outside London.