Europe’s largest route development forum announced its 2015 host city.
It was announced today that Aberdeen City and Shire will host Routes Europe 2015. The announcement, which took place during a press conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), where the event will be held from 12-14 April 2015, was attended by Cllr Barney Crockett, Leader of the Council, Aberdeen City Council; Dawn Schultz, City Promotions Manager Economic & Business Development, Aberdeen City Council; Cllr Peter Argyle- Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee Aberdeenshire Council; Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre; Maya Rousen, Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise; Martin Ritchie, Aviation Officer, Transport Scotland; Steve Harris, Chief Executive, VisitAberdeen; Shona Anderson, Regional Director, VisitScotland; David Stroud, Executive Vice President of Routes and Katie Bland, Future Hosts Director for Routes.
Routes Europe is the region’s largest route development forum and enables the aviation industry’s decision makers from across Europe to examine air services, discuss new market opportunities and developments and get up to speed on potential new destinations.
The announcement of Aberdeen as the Host destination for Routes Europe 2015 represents the culmination of a successful bid to host the event which was initiated by Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) in which all of the region’s key stakeholders were involved in supporting the proposal. These stakeholders include; Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association, Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future, AECC, Aberdeen International Airport, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Travel Scotland, VisitAberdeen, VisitScotland Business Tourism Unit and VisitScotland.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government is working to secure more direct international flights from Scotland and hosting events such Routes Europe supports this ambition. This event is a great opportunity to showcase the continuing strength of the economy of the North-East and the dynamic nature of Aberdeen International Airport as one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. It is also an opportunity to showcase what Scotland as a whole has to offer airline operators, namely an ambitious, forward-looking country keen to do business with our international neighbours.”Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, commented: "Bringing this significant tourism event to the North-East is an excellent achievement, and another demonstration that local authorities and their partners are working hard to make the most of what the area has to offer. It is another chance to highlight to those in the travel trade and airline industry just what we have to offer in this area and try to secure even more of the global tourism market. We hope that one of the outcomes will be increased flights and routes to and from Aberdeen International Airport, with one of the major benefits being increased visitors to the region."