Tayside and Central Scotland

SNP to return to Perth for annual conference in 2013

Perth (Pic: Undiscovered Scotland)
Image caption Perth is to host the SNP's annual conference in 2013

The Scottish National Party has confirmed it will return to Perth for next year's party conference.

It follows the success of the SNP's conference this year, which was held in the town last week.

The confirmation has been welcomed by Horsecross Arts, who operate Perth Concert Hall and Perth and Kinross Council.

It is estimated that the 2012 conference brought about £4m into the Perth economy.

Jacqueline McKay, chief executive for Horsecross Arts, said the Perth Concert Hall was a great venue for such events.

Helping Perth

She said: "The flexible spaces, dedicated staff, excellent catering facilities and our growing reputation, continue to attract organisations from far and wide, and our high return rate of over 80% is a tangible example of the positive experiences enjoyed by delegates and organisers alike.

"Having such a vibrant and successful venue at the heart of the city plays an essential role in the economic life of the city, benefiting local businesses and helping Perth prosper."

Perth and Kinross Council leader Ian Miller said the city was able and willing to host such large-scale events.

Compact city

"Here in Perth we have excellent facilities such as the Concert Hall that enable us to host major events like party conferences," he said.

"We also have great hotels and a vibrant restaurant and café culture, which helps to attract major conferences. The compact nature of the city centre means that delegates can get around easily, and enjoy all that Perth has to offer.

"The news that the SNP conference will return to Perth next year is very positive for local businesses. Major events such as this also help to raise Perth's profile on the national stage."

SNP leader Alex Salmond said: "Coming back to Perth next year was an easy decision to make."

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