With state-of-the-art venues and a reputation for implementing world-leading sustainability initiatives, Aberdeen is uniquely positioned to host business events whatever the scale.
Combining buzzing city vibes with cutting-edge industry, it’s easy to see why Aberdeen is recognised by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as a UK top city for hosting international conferences.
With cobbled streets and modern architecture blending the old and new, majestic scenery is abundant in the compact city of Scotland’s North East corner. Centrally located bus and train stations and daily flights to Aberdeen International Airport make it readily accessible from all over the UK, with VisitAberdeenshire’s volunteers guaranteeing a positive first impression at events as they give planners and delegates a welcome to remember.
While its iconic stone architecture famously earns Aberdeen’s nickname as the Granite City, the destination’s oil heritage and pioneering expertise in hydrogen-based transport also cements its long-standing reputation as the Energy Capital of Europe. Double decker hydrogen-powered buses represent the latest initiatives in renewable energy generation, which save one kilogram of CO2 per kilometre as they transport visitors across the city.
Launching in 2019, the 48,000 sq. metre P&J Live is a leading example of how a sustainable multipurpose conference space can also be powered by local, renewable energy sources. Housing the latest in integrated audio-visual equipment and flexible spaces, this highly adaptable venue can host events from a broad spectrum of markets, including energy, medical, hospitality, lifestyle, and live entertainment.
Continued investment in Aberdeen’s venues demonstrates its local confidence and civic pride. A recent refurbishment to Provost Skene’s House now allows delegates to experience 16th century architecture in the oldest building in the city, while panoramic views across the city skyline and artwork spanning 700 years can be enjoyed in Aberdeen Art Gallery. Unique private dining experiences can also be devoured in the gilded surroundings of the Gordon Highlander’s Museum or the many castles dotted around the region only a short distance from the city.
For post-conference itineraries, Aberdeen has a wide range of accessible experiences to offer delegates. A world-renowned food and drink larder can suit all palettes, with whisky, gin, and even absinthe distilleries offering bespoke visits, alongside farm tours to get up close and personal with the iconic Highland Cattle or Aberdeen Angus breeds.
“Continued investment in Aberdeen’s venues demonstrates its local confidence and civic pride.”
Easy access to the stunning mountains and unspoiled beaches of Cairngorms National Park suit more active visitors, with high adrenaline mountain biking trails and hiking routes leading through some breath- taking scenery. The Braemar Highland Games Centre in the national park’s centre shares a true Scottish tradition with team building opportunities for groups to experience their own highland games together.
Coupled with a range of competitively priced hotels, exciting incentive opportunities, and unique social event venues from ballrooms to castles, there are a myriad of reasons to bring your next conference or event to Aberdeen.