AECC adds £103m to Aberdeen City Region Economy in Recession Year

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has been found to have added to the North-East economy to the tune of £103million in 2009.  Research conducted by Mackay Consultants, based in Inverness, concluded that the conferences, meetings,
events and shows brought into the area by AECC have added a record £103million
into the local economy. The Centre supports 1050 full time (equivalent) jobs in the area.

Bringing in over 600 conferences and events each year, and attracting delegates from throughout the world, AECC events regularly fill the city’s hotels, bars, restaurants and
taxis and with Offshore Europe 2011 on the horizon, every type of accommodation is filling up, with people even renting out their homes to house the numerous exhibitors and delegates coming to visit this prestigious exhibition, which will be held at the venue on 6-8th September.

Offshore Europe (OE) itself is AECC’s largest event, and the exhibition will be 9% larger than in 2009. The Mackay Consultants report indicates that around £44.6million is directly attributable to Offshore Europe being in Aberdeen City in the second week of
September.

AECC’s Managing Director, Brian Horsburgh, comments, “To be able to quantify this information is a great thing for us as a venue, it reinforces the importance of AECC to the region and quantifies the value to business that events held here bring. We are proud to make a positive impact on the City and Region which we are all part of.”

Mr Horsburgh adds, “The Press and Journal Energy Ball which was held at AECC earlier this month (6th August), was, in itself, responsible for bringing in lots of business for the local economy, with around 400 kilt-hires, plus many new dresses, hair-do’s and
shoes purchased from local businesses.  On the night 405 taxis came to the venue, picking up and dropping off guests at the Ball.” He concludes, “We plan to follow up the Mackay Associates report this year following Offshore Europe, and I am sure that the benefit that AECC brings to the businesses, and people, of the North-East will continue to be substantial.  Immediately after Offshore Europe, we will play host to the World Marine Biodiversity Congress, with nearly 1000 delegates expected from all over the world.”

AECC has many more exciting conference and events due to take place in the coming year, including acts like Bryan Adams, Katy Perry and The Lord of the Dance; and international conferences such as The European Optical Society Annual Symposium 2012; The World Heavy Oil Congress 2012, and The Society of Core Analysts Symposium 2012.

ENDS

Issued by Sarah Robertson, PR & Marketing Executive, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. For further information or interview opportunities, please contact Sarah on 01224 330430 or e-mail srobertson@aecc.co.uk.

 

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