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Edinburgh first UK host for world congress for infant mental health

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) this week hosts the 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) attracting 1,750 international delegates from almost 60 countries for its first staging in the United Kingdom. The congress brings together researchers and clinicians working with infants and parents to discuss how to promote Infant Mental Health all over the world.

The week-long event will deliver an estimated £4m economic impact to Edinburgh and Scotland The congress is supported by both VisitScotland and Marketing Edinburgh.

Louise Andrew, EICC Head of Sales and Marketing said: “World congress events attract more international delegates for longer stays in the host city with extended trips elsewhere in Scotland a constant feature. Bidding for world congress events is highly competitive in the global marketplace but the return on investment is highly significant.”

Kerry Watson from VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: “I am delighted that the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund was able to help bring this hugely important conference to Edinburgh. Not only will delegates benefit from the world-class facilities of the EICC, but they will also to be able to enjoy the huge range of attractions and restaurants that the city has to offer during their stay.”

Lesley Williams Marketing Edinburgh’s Head of Business Tourism said: “Edinburgh’s meeting venues continue to impress. Thanks to innovative developments, such as the £30m EICC exspansion, Scotland’s Capital is competing on a global scale like never before. Excellent facilities, combined with the natural attraction of Edinburgh’s rich history and culture, not to mention its strong transport links, make it a winning choice for internationally respected conventions such as the WAIMH to come to the UK for the first time.”

EICC delivered a record £50.4m economic impact in 2013 in its host city-region.

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