On Friday 30th June it was announced that AECC had been named as a winner at the Global Conference Network’s Conference awards in the category of Best Venue Customer Service (over 500 delegates). The awards, which are now in their sixth year, recognise and reward excellence for events and teams from across the globe. The ceremony was held at London’s Tobacco Quay and received a record number of award entries this year.
Earlier in the month AECC were awarded the TREND Life with Style Award for their Lasting Contribution to the North-east’s Lifestyle Scene. The award ceremony took place on 15th June at the city’s Ardoe House Hotel, where 16 winners were announced in front of finalists and guests.
Over the past 32 years over 250 artists have played the venue and more than 10 million fans have experienced their favourite band or artist live in Aberdeen.
With a new venue opening in 2019, boasting a 12,500 all standing capacity for entertainment shows or 10,000 for seated shows, it will more than double the capacity of the current GE Oil & Gas Arena, attracting some of the best performers in the world and also provide larger, more flexible, exhibition and conference space.
Louise Stewart, Sales and Marketing Director at AECC, commented: “We are delighted to have won these awards, they not only highlight the work we do, but emphasise the value of the experiences created at the venue for those living in the North-east and visitors to the region.”
It was also announced that the venue are finalists in this year’s Northern Star Awards, which will take place at AECC on 5th October. AECC are up for the Student Placement Award; nominated by Hannah Mitchell, an under-graduate student at the city’s Robert Gordon University, who has recently completed a year-long placement at the venue in the role of Sales Researcher.
Hannah commented: “During my time at AECC I was exposed to the business tourism and events industry, which I had no previous knowledge of – but the close mentoring I received and the experience gained meant that I completed my placement feeling confident in this field. As testament to this, I have decided to make this the focus of my final research project. I’m delighted that my nomination led to AECC being shortlisted as finalists, I learned so much in my time with the company and gained skills and confidence for taking forward into my future career.”