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SMG chosen as preferred operator of new AECC

Venue management company SMG has been selected as the preferred bidder as operator for the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

SMG was chosen by Aberdeen City Council’s finance, policy and resources committee.

The company already runs more than 240 flagship venues and stadiums in U.S. cities like San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Local authority leader Jenny Laing said:

The venue will provide a modern and fit-for-purpose facility, attracting bigger names in entertainment and more major international events and conferences to the north-east, as well as being next to Aberdeen International Airport.

I am looking forward to hearing about the exciting plans which SMG has for operating the new venue in the future.

A spokesman for SMG said:

SMG is delighted to be announced as preferred bidder to operate the AECC. We are incredibly excited about the development of this new world class conference, exhibition and entertainment venue for Aberdeen, supported by the region’s on-going commitment to innovation and infrastructure.

We look forward to bringing to bear our international networks and expertise to work with the existing team at AECC alongside the region’s passionate base of economic stakeholders, to develop an exciting new events programme for the city.

The campus will become a jewel in the crown of the city and the wider north-east economy and we look forward to working with the city to realise our joint ambitions to support tourism, key sectors, economic development and the region’s entertainment offering.