Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has won its bid to host the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) Conference in 2016.
The IIFET Conference is expected to attract 350 international delegates to the city, when it takes place in July 2016. The event focuses on topical economic and industry issues including the economics of fishery management, seafood markets and trade and aquaculture.
The conference, held this year in Brisbane, Australia, was secured through a Team Aberdeen partnership; an approach which brings together businesses and organisations on both a local and national level to bring events to the region.
Stakeholders involved in bringing the IIFET Conference to AECC and Aberdeen include: Aberdeenshire Council, Seafish, University of Stirling, University of Aberdeen, VisitAberdeen and VisitScotland.
“We are thrilled and delighted to have been successful in our bid to host the next IIFET conference,” says Hazel Curtis, Co-chair of conference organiser Seafish, and Co-chair of the IIFET 2016 Local Organising Committee. “This announcement is the culmination of a lot of collaborative work to date, which will continue now that we are on the path to delivering this event.”
Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, adds: “It is wonderful that IIFET has chosen to bring their 2016 Conference to Aberdeen. Partnership working with Team Aberdeen, as well as subvention funding from local bodies such as Aberdeenshire Council and tourism body VisitScotland is crucial for association organisers when looking at host cities for their events and we are particularly lucky to have such a strong partnership approach with Team Aberdeen here in the North East of Scotland.”
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