Aberdeen Announced as Host of Routes Europe 2015

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Aberdeen Announced as Host of Routes Europe 2015

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MANCHESTER, England, Apr. 18 /PRN=KYODO JBN/ --

           10th Routes Europe to take place in Scotland marking

             the first time the event has been held in the UK

    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 as 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."

    "Aberdeen is one of the very few cities in Europe showing sustained year on

year growth," said Steve Harris, Chief Executive of VisitAberdeen, he

continued: "To have 1000 of the European aviation industry's most senior

decision makers coming here, to see not only our vibrant economy but our

historic city and fabulous countryside, is a wonderful opportunity. We will be

able to demonstrate to airlines the business opportunities that links with

Aberdeen could bring them and any new routes that we can gain as a result will

benefit us all and further strengthen our industries."

    Carol Benzie is the Airport's Commercial Director. She said: "Securing

Routes Europe in 2015 is a major achievement for everyone involved. The profile

that this conference will bring to the region is hard to over-state. The event

brings airlines and industry leaders from around the globe to the City and will

ensure that the delegates get a chance to see what the wider region has to

offer." Ms Benzie went on to say: "Our ability to host major events and

showcase our area will be one of the key outcomes of Routes Europe in 2015, and

will provide a lasting legacy within the industry. As a team, we are very much

looking forward to playing our part in what will be a milestone event."

    Council leader Barney Crockett said: "Routes Europe is quite simply the

most prestigious and significant conference in its class. As the beating heart

of Europe's oil and gas economy, Aberdeen has taken a big step forward onto the

travel and tourism industry stage in attracting this huge travel event. Part of

the attraction of the City has clearly been the Team Aberdeen approach and I

thank all of our partners. The Airport plays a central role in our economy and

I believe the conference opens a way to extend Aberdeen's offer of air travel."

    Aberdeen is the gateway to Scotland's castle and whisky country. Scotland's

Castle trail runs through the heart of Aberdeenshire and the region is home to

13 of the world's most unique castles. Aberdeen is also known as 'the Granite

City', named for its sparkling buildings, built from locally quarried grey

granite, and elegant architecture. The city's old town, Old Aberdeen, dates

back to the 1400s and is home to the oldest granite cathedral in the world, St

Machar's Cathedral. The City, which is home to around 250,000 inhabitants, is

within 15 minutes of the stunning countryside which surrounds Aberdeen and is

also the capital of the Grampian Highlands with the majestic Grampian Mountains

dominating the skyline to the west and miles of unspoiled coastline to the east.

    "We are delighted to announce that Aberdeen will be our host city for the

10th Routes Europe in 2015. Delegates will experience the economically vibrant

region of the North-East of Scotland and the myriad of business and leisure

opportunities on offer," commented David Stroud, Executive Vice President for

Routes, who went on to say: "Aberdeen International Airport is already well

connected across Europe and will allow easy access for delegates. Routes Europe

has experienced substantial year on year growth and the AECC will offer plenty

of scope for further growth in 2015. The Aberdeen partners demonstrated a

highly unified and aligned approach in their bid to host the event and we look

forward to working with Team Aberdeen towards Routes Europe 2015 to further

develop air service into ABZ."

    Aberdeen provides a great example of the interconnection between air

connectivity and economic growth. Aberdeen International Airport operates over

80 daily scheduled routes and recently went through a runway extension allowing

for new international and national flights into the city. Over 60% of the

Airport's passenger traffic is business traffic predominantly driven by the

energy industry and the airport also has one of the biggest commercial

helicopter operations in the world, carrying over 500,000 passengers per year.

Improving international air connectivity continues to be a key area for the

development of Scotland's globally competitive business environment and Routes

Europe is an ideal opportunity for Scotland to showcase its economic

development potential and the opportunities that exist for the development of

new air links to Europe. With daily services to many regional destinations,

such as London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol,

Copenhagen and Frankfurt, Aberdeen International Airport provides the highest

level of hub connectivity of any UK regional airport.

    Notes to Editors

    About Routes

    - Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events

      through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year,

      there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa,

      Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. http://www.routesonline.com

    - Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM

      Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for

      airports. http://www.asm-global.com

    - Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August

      2010. From 1st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference

      and Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.

    - UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across

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      products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through

      premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami,

      the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and

      many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs,

      publications, websites and training and certification programs are an

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