Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will build a 362-bedroom hotel and a pioneering hotel school to invest further in the hospitality industry.

QMile Group is behind the £350 million Haymarket Edinburgh development approved by the city council.


The hotel will be operated by EICC under a franchise agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.


Edinburgh College will be a college partner to the hotel school that will offer students experience in a real work environment and the chance to gain qualifications from NVQ level to elements of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 


EICC chief executive Marshall Dallas said:

“The hotel and hotel school will take our fantastic venue to the next level on UK and international terms. We know the events industry is experiencing a skills gap that is only becoming more of an issue.  The hotel and hotel school will go some way to alleviating that challenge while putting the EICC on an even stronger foot and keeping the venue at the forefront of Scotland’s overall proposition when it comes to business tourism.”  
EICC has hosted almost 1.5 million delegates since opening in 1995. It commissioned hotel consultancy Colliers International to compile research which indicated future demand for rooms in Edinburgh will remain strong despite Brexit. 


Principal Audrey Cumberford said:

“The hotel training academy creates a unique opportunity to lead on the delivery of future skills in the sector via a new model for industry-education collaboration and delivery. Importantly, the initiative enables us to create a pipeline of talent which speaks to key drivers for enterprise and skills development in the region. It is vital we create a range of bespoke programmes, meeting the needs of our business partner and our students, ranging from schools to full-time, part-time and apprenticeship opportunities.”


This is without a doubt, one of the most exciting announcements of the year for our industry.




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