Scotland's appeal as a meeting destination has led to a growth in conference and exhibition centers.
Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center (SECC) is the U.K.'s largest integrated convention facility. Since opening in 1985, the SECC has organized many prestigious events as diverse as rock shows, the Scottish Motor Show, and the recently held American Society of Travel Agents annual convention.
Formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen on July 5, 1996, the Edinburgh International Conference Center has quickly become very popular within the corporate and internationalmarkets. As Edinburgh is considered at the forefront of international medical research, engineering, and technology, it's not surprising to see many related programs being held at the EICC.
The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC) is 10 minutes from the airport and the center of town. The home of Europe's major offshore oil and gas industry show (Offshore Europe), the AECC was opened in 1985. Based on the continuing growth in the meeting market, the center is considering adding a further conference hall for up to 800 people.