Today Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) unveil the title change of their key sponsor, with the Aberdeen arena now named the BHGE Arena.

Following the partnership combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes earlier this month, the new company BHGE began trading the first week of July, bringing together industry-leading equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire oil and gas development spectrum.

The Arena hosts a wide range of events each year including concerts, comedy shows, sporting events, trade and public exhibitions, large-scale banqueting plus large conferences; and is perhaps most widely known as the venue for the prestigious biennial SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition which takes place at AECC in September.

Fiona Mann, AECC’s Director of Operations and Safety commented: “We look forward to working with BHGE and are delighted they have chosen to continue the sponsorship put in place by GE. This is a great time for the company to get on board, with OE2017 taking place in a matter of weeks; plus our journey to the new venue which is due to open in 2019.”


Joe Bonamassa Announces Return to Aberdeen

One of the biggest names in Blues Rock is set to return to Aberdeen in spring next year, as one of only seven UK concert dates.

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa will play Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s GE Oil & Gas Arena on 13th March 2018 and is the only Scottish date to feature.

Following two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the  celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts.  Following hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed studio album ‘Blues of Desperation’ which reached #3 in the Official UK Album Chart, followed last month by the release of his live acoustic album ‘Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carnegie Hall.’

The March 2018 UK tour will feature Joe alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from Blues of Desperation, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites.

Anna Mackenzie, Senior Sales Manager at AECC, commented: “We can’t wait to welcome Joe Bonamassa back to the venue; his 2013 show received a great audience reaction and we’re sure fans will look forward to seeing him live again. We’re delighted to be included on this exclusive tour, even more so that we’re the only Scottish venue featured.”

Tickets for the show are available Friday 14th July at 9am, priced from £59.00 plus booking fee, from Ticketmaster on 08444 77 9000 or online at


For further information contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Manager at AECC on (01224) 330460, or email

‘Somebody Told Me’ The Killers are Heading Back to Aberdeen!

American rock band, The Killers, are set to return to the North-east later this year playing AECC’s GE Oil & Gas Arena on Tuesday 21st November 2017.


This announcement of a major UK and Ireland tour comes ahead of the and’s sold out show in Hyde Park this Saturday (8th July) and follows their hit-laden surprise set at Glastonbury last month.


The Killers recently released the video for their dazzling new single, “The Man”, the first taster of the new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ which is their first album since 2012’s chart-topping ‘Battle Born’.  Recorded with the producer Jacknife Lee during album sessions in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the album is shaping up to be the band’s most forward-thinking yet; bursting with all of the blazing choruses and arena-filling anthems that make The Killers one of the world’s biggest and most beloved rock bands.


Anna Mackenzie, Senior Sales Manager at AECC, commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that The Killers are coming back to Aberdeen.  After watching their Glastonbury set I had hoped they would include an Aberdeen date on this tour.  Our Arena is perfect for this type of show, when they’ve played here in the past the audience have been bouncing from start to finish!  Their new material looks like it will add another dimension for what’s set to be an amazing night.”


Tickets for the show are available Friday 14th July at 9am, priced at £55.00 plus booking fee, from Ticketmaster on 08444 77 9000 or online at



Tickets for The Killers’ November shows go on sale at 9am on Friday 14th July, with pre-sales ahead of that to members of the band’s fanclub, The Victims, and for fans pre-ordering the new album from










AECC Recognised for Best Customer Service at Conference Awards

On Friday 30 June, top industry professionals gathered at London’s Tobacco Dock for the Global Conference Network’s sixth annual Conference Awards, where it was announced that Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) were winners of the award for Best Conference Venue Customer Service – over 500 delegates.

Having received a record number of award entries this year, the prestigious award ceremony, hosted by comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Jo Caulfield, sets a benchmark for industry excellence; with 20 categories lauding events, venues and the teams behind them.


AECC Sales and Marketing Director, Louise Stewart, commented: “We are proud to receive this award, customer relations is a key focus at AECC and something our team are passionate about.  To be recognised in this way is fantastic, and comes at a time when we not only celebrate 32 years in business, but also look towards our brand new venue which will open its doors in 2019.”


Words from the Conference Awards Judging Panel 2017:

“They demonstrated great passion and integrity and their focus on the personal customer relationship paid off. Outstanding retention rates – 90% repeat business and almost 100% of clients saying they would return again, along with having retained one particular event for 32 years is something to be very proud of

“This was a tough category but I gave Aberdeen the highest score because of the retention rates. Clearly the focus on personal customer relationships has paid off. I also liked the Aberdeen Invasion concept to promote the venue further afield and the links with local universities

“Good clear presentation, demonstrates great passion and integrity


Team Aberdeen

The success of Aberdeen’s teamwork approach to bringing conferences and events to the city can clearly be seen through the recent MTS/IEEE OCEANS’17 Aberdeen event which took place at AECC in June.

Professor John Watson

Brought to the city for the second time by Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering; who was the local conference
chair at the event in Aberdeen in both 2007 and for the 60th occurrence of the conference this year.

The four day event welcomed 800 delegates from over 25 countries and featured 43 global exhibitors.  City partners who played a role in bringing the conference to the city included AECC, Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, VisitAberdeenshire, VisitScotland, plus a number of companies located in the region.

Prof Watson said: “I am honoured that the MTS and IEEE Societies requested to come back to Aberdeen for the 60th occurrence of their flagship meeting and wish to thank SUBSEA UK for their support of the event and to the Local Organising Committee and the team at AECC who helped to make this event such a success.”

Working in collaboration with local partners is key to attracting events to the city, and Aberdeen have a strong team in place; working closely with both the city’s universities, destination management organisation VisitAberdeenshire and various ambassadors, as part of the Aberdeen Ambassador Network.

Global events brought to the city by Professor Watson include both OCEANS conferences (2007 and 2017), EurOcean 2007,  The European Optical Society Annual Meeting in 2012, the 3DTV Conference in 2013 collectively attracting more than 2,200 delegates in total, which in turn has created more than £3 million of economic benefit to the region.

Steven Daun

Steven Daun, Associations Sales Manager at AECC commented: “Professor John Watson is a great ambassador for the city, thanks to his passion and enthusiasm in selling Aberdeen as a first class conference destination. This is a great example of the collaborative work we do with key city partners and the Aberdeen Ambassadors Network, and we look forward to working together to continue to attracting international conferences to the new venue.”



AECC in the spotlight

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.”