MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton Worldwide and the city council of Aberdeen, Scotland have signed a franchise license agreement to open a 200-room hotel at the city’s new conference centre, it was announced Sept. 8.
Due to open in 2019, the Hilton property will connect directly to the new Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, which will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current venue and double the seated entertainment.
The hotel will include an executive lounge and up to 10 meeting rooms of variable size. Onsite amenities will also include a cocktail bar, specialty restaurant, fitness centre and wet leisure and spa facilities.
Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre joins three Hilton hotels in Aberdeen: Hilton Aberdeen Treetops, DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre and Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre. Currently, there are 20 Hilton properties in Scotland.
“The new Hilton in Aberdeen will enhance the city’s reputation as a leading choice for conferencing and events in Scotland. Our established reputation in corporate and events hospitality will draw visitors and further events activity to the area. 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,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice-president, development, EMEA, Hilton.
The new AECC is part of city council’s regeneration program. As part of the of the £516 million in capital investment over the next five years, Aberdeen City Council is spending £59 million on roads infrastructure projects, including more than £19 million for the Berryden corridor, a further contribution of £75 million for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, £80 million of investment for green energy, funds to invest in flood prevention measures, and £34 million for city-centre regeneration as part of the City Centre Masterplan.