The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has scooped two prestigious awards at the National Venue Awards, held in Manchester on Friday 11 May.
Up against stiff competition in the ‘Best Event Venue - over 1,000 Attendees’ category against Manchester Central, Dreamland, Printworks London and the Ricoh Arena/Wasps, the EICC came out on top with the Gold. In the Most Versatile Venue category, Scotland’s leading conference venue achieved the Silver award as runner-up to the NEC.
The EICC regularly stages 1,000 plus events, most notably in 2017 when Barack Obama made his first keynote speech outside the US since leaving the White House and addressed business and political leaders at the venue a year ago. The EICC is also one of the worlds’ most versatile conference centres and has invested heavily in both redevelopment and technology in recent years.
Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: “The competition is always fierce in an industry which is driven and judged by its levels of customer service, so to come out with two awards is a first-class achievement for the whole EICC team. We are continually striving to reach the highest standards of product and service, which makes it very satisfying to be recognised in this way by our industry peers.”
• The EICC reported a record year in 2017 with delegate numbers up against the previous year - [94,000] delegates [2016: 91,000] attended around 200 events at the venue. Operating profits rose to £1.2 million [2016: £640,000], while economic impact for the city was up at approximately £55 million (2016: £51.6 million).
• the EICC launched a new mission statement in 2017 that was influenced by Barack Obama’s appearance with a vision “to create an environment which inspires ideas that change the world.”