Scotland is a diverse country that offers a stunning backdrop for MICE events.
Scotland continues to go from strength-to-strength as a business events destination, combining the unique Scottish spirit with world-class MICE facilities across the country.
The start of 2017 marks an exciting time for the industry in Scotland with much investment and redevelopment taking place across all regions. In addition to recent multi-million pound projects at prestigious venues such as Gleneagles and Fairmont St Andrews, this year will see continued investment in infrastructure and facilities across the country. This is backed up with the strong credentials of the industry – world-class event organisers and suppliers all playing their part to make events happen seamlessly.
MICE in Scotland
Scotland is known for its beautiful landscapes, castles, history and unique traditions. It also attracts MICE events thanks to its global reputation as a contemporary business destination, its academic excellence, prominence in key sectors such as energy, life sciences, technology and medicine, and its tradition of innovation. As a result, associations, academic institutions and companies with cutting-edge technology all feel at home staging events in Scotland. The principal cities are also home to world-class live event venues such as Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC), the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), due to be completed in 2019 following a £333 million development programme.
Accessibility is also at a record high. Hourly services offer direct connections to both Edinburgh and Glasgow from London via Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle. There are excellent scheduled flights from the rest of the UK, and direct services from North America and Europe to Scotland’s main airports.
Growth in airline connectivity to Scotland from all parts of the world – from the Arabian Gulf to North America – is transforming access for business events, with new direct routes from WestJet, Delta, Qatar, Etihad, Air Canada Rouge, and Air France airlines. With passenger numbers soaring, Scotland’s airports are also expanding thanks to the confidence delivered through increased visitor numbers and growing airline connections. Over the last decade, the number of passengers travelling through Edinburgh Airport has increased by 20%, and passenger numbers are predicted to rise by a further 18%, from 11.1 million last year to 13.1 million in 2020. The airport has also unveiled expansion plans over the next quarter of a century and launched a public consultation on its “masterplan” for development from now until 2040.