WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA — Aberdeen City Council has named SMG to manage the existing AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) ahead of a move to its newly built home near Aberdeen International Airport in 2019.
The partnership follows last year’s announcement that SMG was awarded preferred bidder status to manage, operate and program the new $416 million complex.
The new state-of-the art venue will include a 12,500-seat arena with a moveable stage, hospitality boxes and club lounge, 538,000 sq. ft. of flexible exhibition space, a conference center, three hotels and its very own energy center.
“SMG is exceedingly pleased to have been named to manage this prestigious facility,” said SMG President and CEO Wes Westley. “It is a terrific addition to our growing network of international facilities. We look forward to working with the Council and the Community for the success of these facilities.”
John Sharkey, SMG Executive Vice President of European Operations, said: “SMG’s expertise in driving multipurpose exhibition, conference and entertainment content is second to none, and we’re delighted to bring this portfolio of experience, international industry contacts and innovative thinking to both the existing and new AECC.”
The new AECC is forecast to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors and $142 million in new visitor revenue, which will have a $78 million net impact to the Scottish economy by 2025. The facility is the key element of Aberdeen City Council’s $1.25 billion transformational infrastructure and culture plans to grow the Granite City economy.