Aberdeen Rises Up The International Conference Rankings

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and VisitAberdeen are delighted that Aberdeen has risen up the rankings in two industry rankings tables by progressively increasing the number of international conferences hosted in the City. 

The Union of International Associations (UIA) has recently released its 2011 data, and shows Aberdeen rising from 9th position in the UK in 2010 to 5th equal (with Newcastle and Cambridge).

The UIA is a non-profit non-governmental organisation researching, under UN mandate, the global civil society and publishing information on international organisations, international meetings etc. The UIA data criteria is based on international meetings and conferences of more than 300 delegates and the statistics are based on information statistically collected by the UIA, according to strict criteria maintained over the past 63 years since this study first began.

Also just released is the latest data from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) which shows Aberdeen making the UK Top 10 list for the first time! The ICCA Data criteria differs from the UIA, as it is based on any meeting in excess of 50 delegates, held over two or more days which rotates between a minimum of three countries. Aberdeen is in at 9th place, equal with Leeds. This criteria means that several of the major international conferences and exhibitions held at AECC, such as Offshore Europe and All-Energy, are solely held in Aberdeen, so are not counted.

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, said: “These results clearly show that we are attracting a progressively increasing number of international conferences to Aberdeen, which is excellent news for the local economy and proof of the increasing success of our bids for international meetings.”

Steve Harris, CEO of the new marketing organisation VisitAberdeen, which was formally launched this week, said; “This news is a testament to the hard work put in by AECC and people throughout the city in trying to bring  significant conferences here.  It demonstrates that we can compete on a world stage and are doing so, every more effectively.  Aberdeen has so much to offer and the world is recognising it.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

More information on the Union of International Associations can be found at www.uia.be.

More information on the International Congress and Convention Association can be found at www.iccaworld.com.

For further information contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on (01224) 330430, or email scoutts@aecc.co.uk.

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