AECC welcomes shadow deputy prime minister following 8% event boost

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has welcomed Harriet Harman, shadow secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sports to the venue, as it reports an 8% boost in event numbers.

The AECC by night
The AECC by night

Harman attended the venue today (14 June 2013) to learn about the business’s successes and contribution to the region’s business tourism and culture.

AECC recently reported significant growth at the end of the company’s 2012-13 financial year. Total number of events held at the venue rose by 8% to 611, with event size increasing for many sectors.

In addition, over the past 11 years, turnover at the centre has nearly trebled from £2.5m in 2001-02, to £7.1m in 2012-13 – the best year in the centre’s 28-year history.

This growth is predicted to continue in 2013-14, which includes Offshore Europe 2013.

On top of this, the AECC has increased its economic contribution to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire from around £12m in 1989, to an estimated £109m in 2011/12, and supports more than 1,000 jobs in the region.

Harman said: "I am looking forward to meeting the management team and hearing more about how this business has changed and developed to meet the needs of their international and local clients over the past few years.

"The importance of venues such as the AECC to the local economy, not just in terms of economic impact, but in terms of culture and supporting business development cannot be underestimated."

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