Hilton signs deal for new AECC hotel

KeppieAECCAberdeen City Council and Hilton have signed a franchise licence agreement to open a 200 room Hilton Hotels & Resorts property at the new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC).

Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, set to be the fourth Hilton property in the city, will connect directly to the new AECC and is expected to create approximately 350 jobs.

The hotel, which is due to open in 2019, will include an executive lounge and up to 10 meeting rooms of variable size to complement the outstanding facilities of the adjoining conference centre. The facility will also include a cocktail bar, speciality restaurant, fitness centre and wet leisure and spa facilities for guests and visitors to the exhibition centre to enjoy.

The new hotel 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.

KeppieAECC 2Aberdeen City Council leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said: “The signing of Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre is the next step of this major project.

“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.”

Nick Harris, director at Henry Boot Developments, Aberdeen City Council’s joint venture partner for the new AECC, said: “We’re delighted to have secured Hilton, an internationally renowned and respected hotel brand, as part of the new AECC complex. The presence of a Hilton hotel directly connecting to the new venue will make it an even more attractive proposition to both leisure and business visitors, who can travel from outlying areas safe in the knowledge they have high quality accommodation right on the doorstep. The expected creation of 350 new jobs is also excellent news for Aberdeen and the north east.”

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