Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and VisitAberdeen say that an increased number of conferences brought to the North East Scotland city have helped propel it up two industry ranking tables.
The Union of International Associations’ (UIA) recently released its 2011 data, shows Aberdeen rising from ninth position in the UK in 2010 to fifth equal (with Newcastle and Cambridge).
The UIA is a non-profit non-governmental organisation researching, under UN mandate, the global civil society and publishing information on international organisations and international meetings.
The UIA data criteria is based on international meetings and conferences of more than 300 delegates and the statistics are based on information statistically collected by the UIA, according to strict criteria maintained over the past 63 years.
Aberdeen also made the top 10 UK cities list in the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) data.
The ICCA Data criteria differs from the UIA, as it is based on any meeting in excess of 50 delegates, held over two or more days which rotates between a minimum of three countries.
Aberdeen came in with ICCA at ninth place, equal with Leeds. The ICCA criteria mean that several of the major international conferences held at AECC, such as Offshore Europe and All-Energy, which are held solely held in Aberdeen, are not counted.
Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, said: “These results clearly show that we are attracting a progressively increasing number of international conferences to Aberdeen, which is excellent news for the local economy.”
Steve Harris, CEO of the new marketing organisation, VisitAberdeen, which was formally launched this week, said: “This news is a testament to the hard work put in by AECC and people throughout the city in trying to bring significant conferences here. It demonstrates that we can compete on a world stage and are doing so, every more effectively. Aberdeen has so much to offer and the world is recognising it.”