AECC Make Finalist List in Scottish Event Awards!

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) Make Finalist List in Scottish Event Awards!

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is delighted to have been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2013 Scottish Event Awards in association with EventScotland.

The AECC, which is the largest conference, exhibition, banqueting and entertainment Venue in the North-East of Scotland has been selected in the ‘Best Large Venue’ Category.

The Award application was based on the 2012-13 year, and recently released year-end figures  reported significant growth at the end of the Company’s 2012-13 financial year. Total number of events held at the Venue rose by 8% to 611, with event size increasing for many sectors.

In the past 11 years, turnover at the Centre has nearly trebled from £2.5m in 2001-02, to £7.1m in 2012-13 – the best year in the Centre’s 28 year history. It is significant to note that 2012-13 was a non-Offshore Europe* year, and that turnover was slightly ahead of 2011-12 which was an Offshore Europe year. This growth is predicted to continue in 2013-14, also an Offshore Europe year.

The business mix has changed noticeably in the last year, with further growth of the Exhibition sector as well as in Conferences and Small Meetings (under 100 people), and substantial growth in Banqueting.

On top of this, the AECC has increased its economic contribution to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire from around £12m in 1989, to an estimated £109m last year, and supports over 1, 000 jobs in the Region.

Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director, AECC said: “We are delighted to have reached the final of these industry Awards. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our team and the continuing growth and success of the Venue.”

 

ENDS

Notes for Editors

For information on AECC please contact Sarah Coutts, Senior PR & Marketing Executive on 01224 330 430, scoutts@aecc.co.uk.

For information about the Scottish Event Awards 2013 visit: scottisheventawards.net/nominations

*Offshore Europe (OE) is the biennial Oil and Gas Exhibition which takes place at AECC every second September. OE, the largest oil and gas production show in the Eastern Hemisphere, brought a record breaking 45, 000 attendees to the AECC in 2011, a 20% increase over 2009. Run by Reed Exhibitions, the 2013 Show is expected to attract in the region of 48, 000 attendees and an increased exhibition space of 6% to 49, 000m2. The next event will take place from the 3rd – 6th September 2013. For more information visit: www.offshore-europe.co.uk.

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