Scotland is turning its vision to the meetings and incentive industry with £7 billion ($8 billion USD) in 2015 towards the tourism industry, funding state-of-the-art technologies, enhancing hotels, venues, group activities, events and incentives.
- Hydraulic Event Space: After a £30-million investment in expansions at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the new Lennox Sweet opened January 2015, unveiling a revolutionary hall-wide moving floor system. The technology enables a space the size of four tennis courts to be transformed from a flat-floored exhibition space to a tiered theatre for 2,000 delegates or a performance arena for 1,400 spectators in a fraction of the time required in conventional event spaces.
- World-Leading Research Hub: The University of Strathclyde’s new Technology and Innovation Centre opened March 2015 in Glasgow city centre, offering technologically-advanced conference facilities featuring 3 levels, including a tiered lecture theatre for 150; a 450 square-metre auditorium, which can be divided into 3 self-contained, soundproof areas seating 150; and eight breakout rooms.
- Experiential Event Space: The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) unveiled in 2013 The SSE Hydro, voted No. 2 in the world by Polestar for live events. The SSE Hydro’s unique façade is made up of pneumatic translucent cushions, created with a special film originally developed for the space industry, allowing natural light to illuminate the foyers during the day and the arena to ‘glow’ at night. This unique state-of-the-art event space features seats and staging that can be reconfigured to provide a capacity of 12,000 or up to 13,000. Also, importantly for the convention industry, it frees up capacity in the collocated SECC.