Major European aviation industry forum Routes Europe will come to the UK for the first time in 2015, with Aberdeen winning its bid to be host destination, thanks to a major team effort from local stakeholders in the North East.
The win was announced at a press conference, 17 April, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
Routes Europe 2015 will be held, 12-14 April.
The press conference announcing the win was attended by the major stakeholders, including Cllr Barney Crockett, Leader of the Aberdeen City Council; Dawn Schultz, City Promotions Manager Economic and Business Development, Aberdeen City Council; Cllr Peter Argyle, Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee Aberdeenshire Council; Brian Horsburgh, the AECC MD; Maya Rousen, Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise; Martin Ritchie, Aviation Officer, Transport Scotland; Steve Harris, Chief Executive, VisitAberdeen; Shona Anderson, Regional Director, VisitScotland; David Stroud, Executive Vice-President of Routes and Katie Bland, Future Hosts Director for Routes.
Routes Europe is the region’s largest route development forum and designed to bring together key aviation industry decision-makers from across Europe to examine air services and market opportunities.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the Routes event as a great opportunity to showcase the continuing strength of the economy of the North East.
“It is an opportunity to showcase what Scotland has to offer airline operators, namely an ambitious, forward-looking country keen to do business with our international neighbours,” she said.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said bringing the event to the North-East had been “an excellent achievement” demonstrating that local authorities and their partners were working hard to make the most of what the area had to offer.
“Aberdeen is one of the very few cities in Europe showing sustained year-on-year growth,” said Steve Harris, the new Chief Executive of VisitAberdeen.
“To have 1,000 of the European aviation industry’s most senior decision-makers coming here, to see not only our vibrant economy but our historic city and fabulous countryside, is a wonderful opportunity,” he added.
Carol Benzie is the Airport’s Commercial Director and said the profile that the conference would bring to the region was hard to over-state. “The event brings airlines and industry leaders from around the globe to the City and will ensure that the delegates get a chance to see what the wider region has to offer,” Benzie added.
“Our ability to host major events and showcase our area will be one of the key outcomes of Routes Europe in 2015, and will provide a lasting legacy within the industry. As a team, we are looking forward to playing our part in what will be a milestone event.”
Council leader Barney Crockett said: “Routes Europe is the most significant conference in its class. As the beating heart of Europe’s oil and gas economy, Aberdeen has taken a big step forward onto the travel and tourism industry stage in attracting this huge event. Part of the attraction of the city has clearly been the Team Aberdeen approach and I thank all of our partners.”
Aberdeen is the gateway to Scotland’s castle and whisky country and the region is home to 13 of the world’s most unique castles.
Last year, Routes and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition became part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
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