To the fanfare of a marching band in traditional Scottish dress, The Princess Royal opened the new Lennox Suite of the (EICC). Her mother, The Queen, officially opened the EICC in 1996 and Princess Anne recently marked a £30 million expansion to the current facility.
Established in 1995, officially opened in 1996, the EICC operates as an independent commercial venture in the heart of Scotland’s capital. They strive to offer the best in facilities and technology and the new Lennox Suite is just the latest.
Focusing on customer satisfaction, the Lennox Suite is equipped with a moving floor system that is not only technologically advanced, but revolutionary as well. This technology allows for space the size of a tennis court to be modified from a flat exhibition space to a tiered theatre for approximately 2,000 delegates, and even to a performance arena for 1,400 spectators. What makes this technology so revolutionary and so desired, is that this change can be made with the push of a button and in a fraction of the time that it would take to make the same adjustment in a conventional space.
Attending the royal opening were the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, the Rt Hon Donald Wilson and Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP. The EICC chief executive was also on-hand to announce the new “InnovationNation” initiative, which is a programme of free public lectures over the next year, that are created to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.
“We attract scientists, business people and leading thinkers from around the world to meetings and events at the EICC. In 2015 we look forward to sharing our expanded venue with a local audience through a series of free public lectures, which have been designed to highlight Scotland as a nation of innovation.”
Fergus Ewing highlighted the benefits of EICC and what it can do for Scotland’s economy. “We will work together with the industry to leverage the reputation that Scotland has gained on the global stage into even greater returns for business tourism. Business tourism is a perfect example of how we can continue to export goods, people and ideas around the world and, at the same time, welcome ideas, innovation and people into our national culture.”
The EICC is expected to bring in approximately £300 million to Edinburgh and is currently booked through the end of 2020.