Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has reported strong growth at the end of its 2012/13 financial year, with the total number of events held at the venue increasing by eight per cent to 611.
AECC says that in the past 11 years turnover has nearly trebled, from £2.5m in 2001/02, to £7.1m in 2012/13. The venue experienced the best year in its history in 2012/13, despite it being a non-Offshore Europe year. Offshore Europe is the biennial Oil and Gas Exhibition that takes place at the AECC every second September. The exhibition brought 45,000 delegates to the AECC in 2011, a 20 per cent increase over 2009. Turnover in 2012/13 was slightly ahead of 2011/12 which was an Offshore Europe year.
The business mix at the AECC has changed noticeably with further growth in the exhibition sector as well as in conferences and small meetings (under 100 people) and banqueting.
In addition, the AECC has increased its economic contribution to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire from £12m in 1989, to an estimated £109m last year, and supports over 1,000 jobs in the region.
“All of this growth has come firstly through the continued expansion of established events and, secondly, the addition of new events, several of which we hope will become regular features,” said Chairman of AECC’s Board, Ed Gillespie.
Barney Crockett, Leader of Aberdeen City Council, and member of AECC’s Board, said: “Everybody in Aberdeen and the North East will be delighted with the progress the AECC has made and the enormous contribution it is making to the local economy, which is reflected in the corporate review. I think they are gratified that Aberdeen City Council has such a commitment to the facility.”
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