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Aberdeen’s £300m new convention centre confirms first booking

Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference is first event contracted to new AECC

Pictured: Graeme Cumming, interim MD at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

The first conference to be confirmed for the relocated Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference.

Due to open in Aberdeen’s Bucksbarn district in 2019 at a cost of £333 million, the new AECC replaces the former site located at the Bridge of Don, which is now more than 30 years old. It is expected to generate an additional £11m for the local economy per year.

AECC’s sales team have enquiries and bids for events stretching to 2023 and the 600-delegate PCST Conference, in 2020, is the first piece of business to confirm.

The conference was won thanks to a bid from the Team Aberdeen partnership working between the venue and the University of Aberdeen, and will be held in the UK for the first time.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: “The new AECC is a vital part of ensuring Aberdeen can compete on a global basis with other major cities and also for its future prosperity as it will attract bigger names in entertainment, as well as more international events and conferences.”

AECC interim MD Graeme Cumming said the Team Aberdeen partnership puts the city in a strong competitive position when bidding for international business events.

He added: “This is a culmination of the work, passion and dedication of the team at AECC, who are committed to promoting the new development as far and wide as possible. This could not be achieved without the strong teamwork displayed by the Team Aberdeen partners.”

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