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Business tourism brings many benefits for Dundee and Angus. On an economic level, spend per visitor is often significantly higher than that of leisure visitors. It also helps to sustain business levels for hotels and other businesses during typically quiet periods, as most business tourism takes place at times of the year when leisure tourism is at its lowest volume.
On a wider scale it helps to generate visitor revenue to cities and destinations which may not necessarily offer a competitive leisure tourism product. Plus as many events are organised well in advance, it allows for future planning and budgeting.
By hosting major national and international events business tourism helps to raise the profile of Dundee and Angus on a global level. This in turn helps to reinforce Scotland’s credentials in our growth sectors such as life sciences and energy. It also markets Scotland as a destination for inward investment, driving forward capital developments in the provision of new facilities and infrastructure.
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Ms Fiona Hyslop
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government
“Business events are a vital component of Scotland’s tourism industry, growing the Scottish economy beyond tourism through attracting events and making connections across the wider business community. As such Business events enhance Scotland’s credentials as a place to invest, study, live, work and visit again and again.
“Dundee is well-placed to exploit opportunities to attract business tourists. In recent years the city has experienced an economic rebirth with the redevelopment of the Waterfront area and construction of the new V&A. Dundee is also a world leader in the life sciences and computer gaming sectors.”
Lord Provost Ian Borthwick
“Business tourism is of great importance to the Dundee and Angus economy. During 2016, conferences and events held in the area generated over £63 million for the local economy.
“Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau has helped the area to establish a strong reputation within the business tourism sector. Attracting major conferences to the area is crucial for the future economic prosperity and Dundee City Council is committed to supporting the Bureau in building upon this. By ensuring that the conferences and events held in the area are a great success it is likely that events will return to Dundee and Angus, and everyone has a part to play in this, from the venues, attractions and hoteliers to the Bureau and the local authorities. Providing a memorable experience, that will encourage delegates to return, will generate benefits for all.”
Deputy Provost, Councillor Alex King
“Investing in the future, the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau plays a pro-active role in securing national and international conferences and meetings. Working closely with local ambassadors and the councils, the role they play in the bid process for upcoming conferences and events is essential and the excellent work they do has resulted in major conferences being secured for the next 4 years. We fully pledge our support to the Bureau, its partners and the local academic institutes and organisations involved in the bringing more conferences and events to the region.”
Prof Pete Downes
Principal and Vice Chancellor at the University of Dundee
"It is a privilege to be an Ambassador for Dundee and to work with the Convention Bureau in encouraging more people to discover what Dundee has to offer. The University is widely engaged with the local community and our relationship with the city is key to what we do - a strong University is good for Dundee, and a strong Dundee is good for the University."
Prof Nigel Seaton
Principal and Vice Chancellor, Abertay University
"DACB have provided valuable and professional support to events we have organised in the past, and their activities help present the city and the region in a very positive light to our visitors. We would encourage local organisations to support the Ambassadors Programme and work with DACB to help bring yet more conferences and events to Dundee and Angus, raising the profile of the area as one that is definitely open for business from around the world."
Prof Iain Gordon
Chief Executive, The James Hutton Institute
“We have worked with Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau to host five conferences in Dundee over the past four years. Their free expert advice has helped ensure every one of these conferences has been a success. From helping to find the right venues to providing promotional materials the Bureau provides a fantastic level of support at every stage.”
Head of Business Tourism, VisitScotland Business Events
“Business tourism is a key driver of growth and collaboration for Scotland, and brings great benefits for Dundee and Angus. Hosting major national and international events raises the profile of the destination and encourages delegates to explore deeper into the country, stay on longer or return with their friends or families. It can also attract inward investment, pushing forward capital developments in the provision of new facilities and infrastructure. Everyone at VisitScotland BTU is extremely supportive of the work Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau does and looks forward to seeing future developments unfold.”