Our Vision

To create an environment which inspires ideas that change the world 

Underpinning this vision is a set of values which were developed by our team and which represent the principles most important to us. The beauty of involving the team is that we have a set of core values that we all believe in, and which we live every day, from planning and delivering events to working with the community. 

  • Individuality
  • Meaningful collaborations
  • Great sense of humour
  • Excellent communicators
  • Creativity
  • Ambition
  • Honesty & integrity
  • Knowledge & expertise
  • Team spirit
  • We LOVE our environment

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Our Team is what makes our venue unique. We are proud to have a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who work together to achieve excellent results for our clients.

Our History

The provision of a conference venue in Edinburgh had been on the agenda since the 1980s in response to a surge in demand for conferences throughout the world. This underpinned the vision and mission for the EICC as set by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1993:

‘to procure the successful and continued operation of the Conference Centre in a global market place with national and international customers so as to maximise the economic benefit to the city of Edinburgh’

May 1991

EICC Ltd is Formed

A joint venture is established between Edinburgh District Council and Lothian & Edinburgh Enterprise to allow plans for the EICC to commence.

March 1993

Construction Begins

An official Ground Breaking ceremony takes place and work begins on the EICC.

March 1994

Topping Out Ceremony

The traditional ‘Topping Out’ ceremony marked the last beam being installed as the construction neared completion.

September 1995

EICC Hosts 1st Event

EICC held its first ever conference when Sir Tom Farmer brought Kwik Fit’s Silver Jubilee to the venue.

July 1996

Royal Opening of the EICC

EICC has received many Royal visitors since opening so it was only fitting that Her Majesty The Queen cut the ribbon to officially declare the opening of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

October 1997


Her Majesty The Queen returned to the EICC as the Head of Commonwealth for the CHOGM conference. Nelson Mandela and many other Commonwealth Leaders were also in attendance at this prestigious occasion.

November 2003

EICC Awarded with EFQM

The EICC continued to develop a reputation for quality standards throughout the 90s and into the millennium becoming the first conference venue in the world to win the coveted European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Award.

July 2010

Work Begins on EICC Expansion

The sustained success of the EICC created a demand for increased events space and construction on our most significant milestone to-date began.

May 2013

EICC Expansion Opens

The new Atrium and Lennox Suite open for business - effectively doubling EICC’s capacity and allowing clients even more flexibility for their events.

May 2013

First Event Held in Expanded EICC

The International Investigative Dermatology Conference 2013 became the first event to be held in the expanded EICC, bringing over 2,000 delegates.

September 2013

EICC Welcomes One Millionth Delegate

After 18 years of operation we welcomed our millionth delegate during the European Space Agency's Living Planet event.

January 2015

Lennox Suite Royal Opening

HRH The Princess Royal attends a ceremony at the EICC to officially open the Lennox Suite.

Awards & Accreditations

We're very proud to have gathered a portfolio of awards over the years in recognition of our exceptional service, facilities and sustainable practises.

ISO 9001

The EICC has been certified since 2002. ISO 9001 is a standard which is based on quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of management, processes and continual improvement.

ISO 14001

The EICC has been certified since 2002. ISO 14001 is a standard which sets out the criteria and framework that a company can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

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Green Meetings Standard. Gold. 2023

After the latest assessment, in September 2023, the EICC retained its Green Meetings Gold Award with Green Tourism.

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ABPCO. Innovation Award 2021

In December 2021 our Operations Team received the Innovation Award in recognition of their work in establishing our online events platform.

Hospitality Assured 2022

Our latest assessment and re-accreditation with Hospitality Assured was in 2022.

The E Awards 2019

We were delighted to add to another award win from the E Awards in June 2019, this time for Best Scottish Venue & Events Team. 

Scottish Thistle Awards 2018 / 2019

The Best Business Event was jointly awarded to the European Orthodontic Society (EOS) and the EICC for the EOS Congress in June 2018.  

National Venue Award 2018

In May 2018 we were presented with the Gold Award for Best Event Venue over 1,000 Attendees, and we were recognised with a Silver Award in the Most Versatile Venue category.

The E Awards 2018

We were thrilled to win the Sustainable Event Excellence Award in March 2018 for our collaborative work with the 2017 Edinburgh Anaesthesia Festival. 

SEAL Business Sustainability Award

In November 2017 the EICC became one of 11 world-wide organisations to receive one of SEAL's (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) inaugural awards for our leadership in and commitment to sustainable practices.

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Hospitality Assured 2017 | Premier status

The Hospitality Assured process provides an annual score across nine business and service criteria. We were delighted to have achieved the highest overall score out of all organisations involved. 

News & Media

Take a look through the latest, and previous, news announcements from the EICC.


EICC Marks 20th Year of Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pleasance at EICC, Venue 150 of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Edinburgh International TV Festival among arts and cultural highlights in August

EICC increases revenue by 45 per cent to £11.8m in “rebound” year

EICC CEO, Marshall Dallas, notes “fast-returning confidence” in the sector and looks ahead to the next phase of growth at Scotland’s leading conference venue.

EICC lines up global energy conferences for 2023

Global energy conferences at EICC in 2023 are set to boost economic benefit to city and region

EICC takes guardianship of Convention Edinburgh with new model

Convention Edinburgh was temporarily closed in May 2020, and the agreement with City of Edinburgh Council will see EICC run Edinburgh’s convention bureau services for an initial 18-month period


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