Head of the VisitScotland Business Tourism Unit (BTU)

“As with many sectors, this year will be a challenging one for business tourism in Scotland in light of the predictions of a global recession. However, the sector continues to drive forward to meet challenges head on with Scotland attracting a number of major International and European conferences for 2009. There are several events during the year such as the European Academy of Design Annual Conference in Aberdeen, the Second European Ramularia in Edinburgh and the European Light Microscopy Initiative in Glasgow which will bring in further significant economic benefit to the country.