Scotland business

Scottish government provides £1m for major conferences

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The Scottish government is investing £1m to help attract major international conferences to Scotland.

The money will be made available in 2015/16 through the Conference Bid Fund.

It provides financial assistance to Scottish destinations which are bidding to host eligible conferences.

The government said that since its introduction in 2012, the fund had helped to secure more than 70 conferences over the next seven years.

It estimates that the conferences will bring in 84,000 global delegates and generate £143m for Scotland's economy, in return for just £1.4m of spending commitments.

'Shop window'

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing made the funding announcement at a VisitScotland business tourism conference in Edinburgh.

He said: "Our business tourism sector is a key driver of growth, and makes a strong contribution to the economic vitality of Scotland's key tourism destinations.

"Not only do international conferences bring tens of thousands of delegates to Scotland, but they also act as shop window for all our country has to offer, thereby encouraging return visits.

"The many events that have taken place in Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming, including the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, have attracted millions of extra visitors to Scotland, creating a successful tourism legacy for years to come.

"It is vital that we continue to build on this success by providing support to our business tourism sector, which has long benefited from Scotland's reputation as a world-class conference venue destination."

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