Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the new 8,100sqm building and latest addition to ACC Liverpool, opened for business today (2 September), hosting its first trade exhibition – Wound Expo.
The new venue, which will host trade and consumer exhibitions; large national and international conferences; banquets; concerts and global sporting events claims to be the only purpose-built interconnected arena, conference and exhibition centre in Europe.
The Venue Expo comes to the new venue 8-9 September, while the first consumer show whill be Bliss Wedding Shows’ The Liverpool Wedding Show, 12-13 September.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “This is a hugely significant moment in the development of The ACC Liverpool Group and we are extremely proud to add the new facility to our range of venues.
“Discussions regarding this project first came to light after ACC Liverpool opened in 2008 as we started to experience the scale of the demand for additional exhibition space from our existing clients in the conference market. We used space in the arena to allow for large conference plenary spaces or additional exhibition space.
“Now we have a new venue which will strengthen our position in the existing sectors in which we operate and of course open up new opportunities.”
Exhibition Centre Liverpool features three principal halls, a glazed atrium with waterfront views as well as food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms and box office. External areas include a riverside balcony overlooking the River Mersey as well as The Deck, an outside exhibition space for events.
The centre also includes an integrated four-star 216-room Pullman hotel which is taking bookings from January next year.
Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said: “The new exhibition centre enhances Liverpool’s place as one the leading visitor destinations in the UK.
“It adds a whole new dimension to our ability to stage high-profile events and will attract a new level of exhibitions and conferences. We are a city with unlimited ambition and this new addition will secure our global reputation in this sector.”
Conferences confirmed so far at the venue include RenewableUK and the European Association for International Education (EAIE).