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SMG Tapped To Operate New Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

ABERDEEN, Scotland (CelebrityAccess) — Aberdeen's City Council has selected venue management company SMG to oversee the operation of the existing AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) as well as its replacement when it opens 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, which is under construction near Aberdeen International Airport in 2019.

The new state-of-the art venue will include a 12,500 seat arena with a movable stage, hospitality boxes and club lounge, 538,000 sq. ft of flexible exhibition space, conference centre, three hotels and its very own power generation facility.

The new project is part of Aberdeen City Council’s $1.25 billion development plan intended to grow and revitalize the region.

“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,” SMG president and CEO Wes Westley said.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. – Staff Writers