Pictured: Neil Brownlee talks through the new developments at the Aberdeen Invasion evening at London's Café Royal on Thursday night
Aberdeen put on a
show-stopping evening for UK events professionals as it begins to drum up
support for its anticipated convention centre, as well as other major
The event, dubbed
the Aberdeen Invasion, took place at Royal Café in Piccadilly Circus on
Thursday night, as an update for more than 60 events professionals on the
city's initiatives during a three-course Scottish-themed dinner.
It was hosted by the
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), along with partners VisitAberdeenshire and VisitScotland.
Neil Brownlee, head
of business events at VisitScotland, said: "The new AECC is going to be an absolute game changer for
Scotland when it opens in 2019. It's going to blow Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee out of the water. It's
the result of a £333 million investment; that's not a small figure, those
numbers are not used often.
with what else is going on in Aberdeen and Scotland in general, Aberdeen isn't
just the place to come in the next four to five years, it's the place come in
the next month. And to quote a colleague, Aberdeen is inexpensive."
referring to the city's falling hotel prices, the result of a fleet of hotel
arrivals and falling oil prices. Hotstats recently revealed hotel rates fell 30 per cent to an average of £67 in 2016, as openings such as the forthcoming Hampton by Hilton Aberdeen drive competition among hoteliers.
other major developments taking place, including the construction of 2,500 new
bedrooms, a major extension to the city's airport, a re-development of the art
gallery and a general re-development of the city centre. He added: "Aberdeen
has a spectacular central area and it's going to transform the city
The AECC will open
2019 and will be located next to the airport.