In its 21st year PIME will take place in Edinburgh, where the buzz of Scotland's capital city sits in perfect contrast to the peaceful tranquility of the surrounding Lothians region.
Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. With Scotland's most famous castle dominating the city skyline, there is plenty to see and do with the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary.
The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The Old Town is crowded with multistoried tenements dating from the 15th century and has ancient winding streets dotted with closes (entrances) and wynds (alleyways) on either side. The New Town, on the other hand, presents an orderly arrangement of Georgian buildings and a symmetrical grid of streets.
Its vibrant pub and club scene, its college population combined with the ever-growing Edinburgh International Festival and action packed list of cultural events, make this a city that is truly cosmopolitan and renowned world-wide.
Edinburg enjoys a moderate year-round climate and, thanks to being on the east coast, experiences far less rain than other areas of Scotland. The city is one of Europe's major tourist destinations, attracting 1 million visitors a year, and is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom, after London.
The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is situated in the city centre, combining the excellence of an international hotel with modern facilities and a warm Scottish ambience.
PIME 2009 will take place on the first floor in the recently refurbished Edinburgh Suite.