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New hotel agreed for AECC

Hilton books in for Aberdeen conference centre

aeccHilton Worldwide is to open a hotel at the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The company has agreed a franchise licence agreement with Aberdeen City Council for the 200 room property which will create 350 jobs.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: “We look forward to working with Hilton, whose commitment to Aberdeen is a testament to their confidence in the area and the strategic value it places on our economy as the city embarks on an exciting transformational journey.

“The new AECC joins the City Council’s £516 million investment in a capital programme over the next five years. The investment will allow the city to face current challenges and prosper not only within communities but also on a global scale.” 

The hotel is due to open in 2019. Patrick Fitzgibbon, a senior vice president for Hilton, said: “The new Hilton in Aberdeen will enhance the city’s reputation as a leading choice for conferencing and events in Scotland.

“Aberdeen City Council’s strategy of broadening the local economy across a number of sectors – including tourism – and this project further demonstrates that Aberdeen is a robust market with a bright future.”

Hilton has 20 hotels in Scotland and this new one will be built in to the new AECC, which will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current venue, double the seated entertainment. 

The hotel will be managed by the Glasgow-based Redefine|BDL Hotels whose managing director Stewart Campbell, said: “We welcome the opportunity to build on our already strong relationship with Hilton and create new jobs for the local area.” 

The new AECC is expected to secure an additional 31,000 business visitors to Scotland, generating £11million for the economy.


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