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 photo credit: Laurence Winram

The unique festival feeling we all know and love is well and truly with us now. Having already enjoyed both the Film and Jazz & Blues Festivals, we now have the city’s Art, Fringe and International Festivals to enjoy.

Amanda Wrathall

Amanda Wrathall has over 25 years’ experience in the events industry. Joining EICC in March 2015, Amanda is a former board member of Women In Tourism, DLP Alumni and Chairs the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group’s (ETAG) Business Events Group.

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 Edinburgh has moved up five places to 27th in the ICCA Country and City Rankings 2018 and remains the 2nd most popular UK city (after London) for hosting major association events.

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Edinburgh has fantastic heritage with a rich history. It's Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status - there's a lot to be proud of. However, there are also truths and challenges that deserve to be discussed.

Ensuring the conversation is taking place are Edinburgh World Heritage - an independent charity that aims to ensure the city’s World Heritage status benefits everyone – who contribute this guest blog.


Sustainability on the Agenda for Event Planners

Anna Murricane, Business Development Manager at the Cultural Venues of Edinburgh

Events are big business in Scotland, with the Scottish Events and Festivals Association (SEFA) reporting that the industry is currently worth an estimated £3.5 billion a year to the Scottish economy. We’ve achieved many remarkable feats over the last five years as we’ve worked to establish Scotland as an elite event destination but at the Assembly Rooms we’re always looking for ways in which we can continue to develop and improve; and ultimately enhance our reputation nationally, and internationally, on the world stage.

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There are many, many inspirational women who’ve passed through the Assembly Rooms doors. We thought we would let you know of a few who have visited, sometimes to deliver a performance, sometimes to deliver keynotes or take part in debates, and sometimes to just to dance!

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Paul McKerrow, front of house manager at Assembly Rooms

In this industry, we all strive to host high quality events which ultimately add value for our clients and the attendees. But how do the front of house team help make an event a success?

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We interview Amanda Ferguson, Convention Edinburgh discussing Edinburgh's business tourism industry, Make it Edinburgh and what's ahead for 2019.

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The Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) has announced the focus of their 2019 annual conference will be ‘Facing the Future’.

The 2019 ETAG Conference takes place at McEwan Hall, Edinburgh, on Thursday 31 January, where a line-up of tourism’s leading experts will share their knowledge, expertise and insights with around 200 representatives from Edinburgh’s tourism sector.

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by Shona Clelland, cultural venues development manager for Assembly Rooms


The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the most successful sectors supported by a female-centric workforce.