Edinburgh International Conference Center
Edinburg International Conference Center (EICC) is located in the historic center of Scotland’s vibrant capital city. Edinburg itself is a city which has much to offer to visitors, but the construction of EICC was primarily planed and constructed to attract business visitors.
EICC is a multipurpose venue for events of 50-2000 delegates. It features facilities such as adaptable auditoria, spacious reception areas and suits. To put it into perspective, raked-theatre Pentland Suite can be transformed in less than 4 minutes into 3 separate auditoria of 600, 300 and 300 seats; the Lenox Suit (1600sqm) features moving-floor technology can be transformed into modes such as raked-auditorium for 2000 delegates, arena for 1.400 guests, tiered-cabaret for 750 attendees or it can be set for 2000 guests dinner. In fact, EICC was the first conference avenue in the world to use revolving auditoria.
EICC is easily accessible regardless the method of travel. The Edinburgh International Airport is only 10 km away, Edinburgh’s Waverley Station is a few minutes away by taxi and Haymarket Station is 5- minute walk from the Center. Within a 2km radius of the EICC, there are more than 10,000 beds and a large number of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museum and galleries.
The center was part of the biggest urban regeneration scheme outside London - Edinburgh Exchange Masterplan in the west part of the city. It was designed by the architect Sir Terry Farell. In March 1993 an official ground breaking ceremony took place and the construction begun. In March 1994 the traditional topping out ceremony was held as the construction of the center was coming to an end.
The center was opened in 1995 and already in September EICC held its first ever conference when Sir Tom Farmer brought Kwik Fit’s Silver Jubilee to the venue. Even the royal opening was arranged in 1996 when Her Majesty The Queen cut the ribbon to officially declare the opening of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. This was not the only time Her Majesty The Queen paid visit to EICC. She was Head of Commonwealth for the CHOGM conference in 1997. Nelson Mandela and other commonwealth leaders attended this event as well.
In November 2003, EICC was the first conferences venue to receive European Foundation for Quality Management Award (EFQMA) which did not came as a surprise since the center by that time had developed its reputation for quality standards.
By 2010 the success of the center was so great, that they saw the need for expansion of event space, and in 2013 it had New Atrium and Lennox Suit opened for business. Opening the expanded part of the center doubled the effective capacities of the EICC. First even in the expanded EICC was held the same year and it was The International Investigative Dermatology Conference of 2000 delegates.
In the course of 10 years, EICC has welcomed 1 million delegates from all over the world.