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venues exhibition news June 2011 33'Your business in safe hands'4 Fairways Business Park, Deer Park, Livingston EH54 8AF Telephone: 01506 442255, Fax: 01506 442288Email: to the Exhibition industryfor over 20 yearsFestivals Events Concerts Exhibitions TV & Films Sports Trade Shows Conferences Retail Trainingsaid. He highlighted the venue's independence from Council ownership, indoor/outdoor space, extensive car park and close proximity to Edinburgh airport and the city centre as major drawing cards."We are actively going after business and we're keen to raise our profile with event organisers by being clear about what we are targeting and how we communicate to the market," Glendinning continued. Hutt was coy about whether longer-term plans included actively pursuing SECC and Glasgow business. Royal highland centre: A brief history178419581960196520032008/2009200920102011The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland is established.The Royal Highland Centre site is acquired by RHASS.The Royal Highland Show moves into the Ingliston site. Scotland's only motor-racing circuit opens at the Royal Highland Centre. The Whitepaper and Civil Aviation Bill proposes extension of Edinburgh Airport onto the venue's land.High costs and the economic downturn see the Aviation Whitepaper shelved.RHASS begins developing plans to redevelop its current venue.The Royal Highland Centre hosts 200 events with 1.2m visitors.The venue's £30m redevelopment plan is given the green light."The events industry is a very competitive environment, so we want to focus on what we can add to the overall picture," he said. Glendinning also claimed there was an opportunity to attract significant exhibitions both to the East and West sides of Scotland."Scotland isn't a huge country, but there is an East/West divide and we believe a market for more events in the East," he said. "Edinburgh has incredible pulling power as a destination."The venue's exhibition space expansion is expected to come on-board in five years' time. The 165-room hotel and first sections of the boulevard are due to be completed in 2012 and the overall masterplan development is scheduled to take 10 to 15 years.As the economy continues to recover, the larger Royal Highland Centre will then be able to provide a new option for exhibition organisers looking to tap into another geographical hotspot."The potential here is unlimited and being adjacent to an international airport and on the fringe of the capital city, our vision is to be part of the gateway to Scotland," Hutt added. en

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