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EICC events hit £51 million as 2016 proves 'record' year

More than 90,000 delegates to attend venue in more than 180 events, as CEO Marshall Dallas returns centre to profit

Pictured: Marion McKean joined the EICC senior team last month as operations director

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is on track to deliver more than £50 million in economic impact in 2016, following what operators say is a 'record number' of events and delegates.

The venue, which three years ago was trading at a £1 million loss, expects to welcome more than 90,000 delegates this year (up from 71,000 in 2015) across more than 180 events (134 in 2015). It will translate to an expected £51.5m in economic impact.

EICC CEO Marshall Dallas, who took over the reins in October 2014, promised to return EICC to profit within 18 months. Last year the centre reported a 28 per cent growth in sales, and by July this year had shown a £100k profit. That was followed by a key appointment in the EICC senior team last month, with the hiring of Marion McKean as operations director.

Dallas said: "We’re on course for another really strong year and I couldn’t be happier with the focus of the team and its ability to keep delivering amazing results. Underscoring the numbers is the positive feedback we receive from UK and international clients indicating that we are rapidly moving up the order when it comes to the most highly-rated conference venues across the world. That is great news for the city of Edinburgh and great news for the local economy."

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