AECC delivers £103m to North East Scotland economy

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) contributed £103m to Scotland’s North East regional economy during the recession, a new report claims.

The research was conducted by Inverness-based Mackay Consultants and encompassed exhibitions, conferences, meetings, events and entertainment shows. The record economic result was recorded during 2009 and in the thick of the recession.   

The largest contributor is Offshore Europe, which runs from 6 to 8 September and is expected to be nine per cent larger than its 2009 edition. Mackay claimed the conference and exhibition and directly contributed £44.6m.

Overall, the AECC supports 1,050 full-time jobs in the North East region and attracts 600 events and conferences annually attracting both national and international attendees.

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

A recent contributor was the Press and Journal Energy Ball in August, while the upcoming World Marine Biodiversity Congress will attract 1,000 delegates from all over the world,Horsburgh said. Other international conferences on the AECC’s agenda include The European Optical Society Annual Symposium 2012, The World Heavy Oil Congress 2012, and The Society of Core Analysts Symposium 2012.

“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,” Horsburgh added.

The AECC recently appointed two non-executive directors to its board.

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