Edinburgh is reinforcing its position as a world-leader in medical research, life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship, with a significant number of health organisations choosing the city as a host destination for events and conferences this autumn.
In 2018-2019, the business tourism team at Marketing Edinburgh, supported 37 health conferences, bringing 18,321 delegates to the city. This accounts for almost half (44%) of business tourism revenue generate over that period of time.
These figures reinforce Edinburgh’s reputation as a pioneering hub for medical science, and therefore the perfect destination to host events and conferences in this field.
It also strengthens Edinburgh’s position in the International Congress Association (ICCA) World Rankings; 27thin the world, second only to London in the UK for hosting international conferences.
Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Edinburghis delighted to see Edinburgh reinforce its position as a first-class destination for this sector to meet and innovate. She said: “It’s the aim of the business events campaign, ‘Make It Edinburgh’, to showcase the Scottish capital’s centres of excellence, our Life Sciences sector being one of these.
“With esteemed and influential events such as World One Health Congress choosing Edinburgh as a host city, there is an opportunity to not only showcase and share our expertise, but to allow the sector to grow and flourish. Greater expertise and entrepreneurship in health and life sciences ultimately attracts more talent and investment, delivering economic growth through innovation.”