Edinburgh International Conference Centre
With its history, architecture and festivals, Edinburgh has long been popular with tourists but the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) was planned and built to attract more business visitors to the city.
EICC Ltd was formed in the early nineties as a joint venture between Edinburgh District Council and Lothian & Edinburgh Enterprise, it was to be part of the Edinburgh Exchange Masterplan – the biggest urban regeneration scheme outside London at the time.
The provision of a conference venue in Edinburgh had been on the agenda since the 1980s in response to a surge in demand for conferences throughout the world. This underpinned the vision and mission for the EICC as set by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1993:
‘to procure the successful and continued operation of the Conference Centre in a global market place with national and international customers so as to maximise the economic benefit to the city of Edinburgh’
The EICC remains under the ownership of the City of Edinburgh Council and operates as an independent commercial venture.