Conference delegates give Scottish region a £71m boost

A coastal region in Scotland has reported a 10 per cent uplift in international delegate numbers.

The 2018 economic impact report, published by Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau, shows that £71 million was generated from the thriving business events sector in the region last year.

The figure represents a four per cent increase on 2017. The area attracted 257,000 conference and event delegates in 2018. International delegate numbers were up 10 per cent.

Karen Tocher


Karen Tocher, Business Tourism Manager at Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau, said: “The work of the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau and all of our partners is attracting increasing numbers of international events to the area. The intellectual assets derived from the conferences and events held in the region go on to transfer existing knowledge to the local and international community. This active transfer of knowledge fuels the region’s capacity to promote creativity and development for the benefit of a better, more sustainable, society.”

Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “People who come to the area for conferences, conventions and other business related activities are some of our best advocates. Not only do they make return leisure visits, they also tell friends and family about everything we have to offer, and other professionals about the first class conference facilities we have here. Business tourism is part of a virtuous circle that we are keen to continue expanding and growing.”

The opening of V&A Dundee in September last year cemented the city’s reputation as a design hub and has already helped to attract two design and architecture-related events.

The city has also recently secured the 1st International Symposium on Screw Piles for Energy Applications, the Leisure Studies Association Conference (LSA2019) and the World Community Development Conference (WCDC2019), amongst others.

Said Tocher: “Other conferences, within the fields of medicine, education, health, transportation and history are also set to take place in 2019. We look forward to collaborating with key organisations, ambassadors and local partners to promote Dundee and Angus as a region open to innovation and creativity, with a forward-thinking approach and a drive for economic and social progress.”