A political party is holding its largest ever conference.
The Scottish National Party will return to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) from 15- 17 October, and is set to welcome more than 5000 attendees over the three days.
This compares to the Spring Conference held at AECC in April last year attracting 1,400 members over two days.
Party members will be welcomed to the conference and the region by MP for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman and MP for Aberdeen South, Callum McCaig. The welcome to the conference will be followed by a look towards the future by Party Leader and First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
This year’s conference is set to discuss some of the important issues faced in today’s climate such as employment and sustainability, and will include an address from Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP as well as a fraternal address by Leanne Wood AM, Leader of Plaid Cymru. There is also an extremely busy fringe programme with over 100 events taking place.
Graeme Cumming, interim managing director of AECC, said: “We look forward to welcoming the SNP Annual National Conference to AECC, it’s great to see them back at the venue. The diversity of conferences coming to the region and the wider appeal of Aberdeen and AECC is shown with numerous association conferences confirmed for coming years, and in turn this has helped to increase the AECC ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) ranking within the UK and worldwide.”
Susan Ruddick, corporate development manager for the SNP, added: “The SNP has grown considerably in the past year and it is great that the AECC is able to accommodate a larger, more vibrant conference. We’re delighted to be back and look forward to a successful conference, bringing more than £4.6 million to the local economy.”
Meanwhile Team Aberdeen, a collaboration that assists in securing high profile conferences to the city is pleased to welcome The James Hutton Institute to the programme.
Team Aberdeen ensures a collaborative approach assisting in securing high profile conferences to the city and has senior level representation from stakeholders including Aberdeen City and Shire Council, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), Aberdeen International Airport, The Robert Gordon University, The University of Aberdeen and VisitAberdeen.
The James Hutton Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland and is one of the Scottish Government’s main research providers in environmental, crop and food science. The institute employs more than 600 scientists and support staff, making it one of the biggest research centres in the UK and the first of its type in Europe.