Our History

With its history, architecture and festivals, Edinburgh has long been popular with tourists but the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) was planned and built to attract more business visitors to the city.

EICC Ltd was formed in the early nineties as a joint venture between Edinburgh District Council and Lothian & Edinburgh Enterprise, it was to be part of the Edinburgh Exchange Masterplan – the biggest urban regeneration scheme outside London at the time.

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’

The EICC remains under the ownership of the City of Edinburgh Council and operates as an independent commercial venture.

  • 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

    EICC Hosts CHOGM

    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.

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