ACC Liverpool celebrates its first decade
ACC Liverpool is celebrating 10 years since it opened its doors. The venue has hosted more than 1,000 conferences since it opened with the Liberal Democrats spring conference, its first large national meeting, which took place between 7-9 March 2008. Since then, highlights have included BBC Worldwide Showcase, which returned for the seventh time in February; the Labour Party conference – returning for the third time in September – the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Confederation.
Large international conferences over the past decade have included the European Association for International Education, Eurospine and the Union World Conference on Lung Health. Forthcoming international congresses in 2018 include Uni Global Union World Congress and Health Systems Research.
ACC Liverpool has welcomed 850,000 conference delegates since opening and the campus, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena Liverpool and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, has generated £1.45bn in economic benefit for the city region.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “This is a milestone year as we celebrate 10 years since we opened which gives us the opportunity to reflect on the success of the past and, more importantly, look ahead to the future.
“Prior to 2008, there wasn’t a conference venue on the scale of ACC Liverpool in the city and we are proud to have brought high profile, large events to the city and to the UK, putting Liverpool on the map when it comes to groundbreaking conferences and generating £1.45 billion in economic impact.
“Many of these congresses return to us time and time again – for example Lyreco has been with us every year for the past 10 years - as our clients appreciate all that Liverpool and the venue has to offer.”
ACC Liverpool has won a series of awards since opening including being voted Best UK Conference Centre for six years running and it has continued to expand with the opening of Exhibition Centre Liverpool in 2015, enabling it to host more national and international conferences, consumer and trade exhibitions and major sporting events.
This year also marks a decade since Echo Arena hosted the opening ceremony for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. ACC Liverpool is at the heart of a citywide programme of exciting, inspirational and thought-provoking projects to mark the 10th anniversary of the city’s reign as European Capital of Culture. Although inspired by the huge success of 2008, Liverpool 2018 is focused on the renaissance that has transformed the region over the past decade.
Mayor Joe Anderson added: “ACC Liverpool has been one of the city’s most incredible success stories of the last decade. It is firmly established as a much-loved venue and is now part of the fabric of the city, bringing global conferences to Liverpool.
“The investment that we put into creating Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool hotel is already paying dividends, providing much needed additional space and quality hotel beds.
“ACC Liverpool is not just a building – it is an integral part of the city region economy, supporting thousands of jobs and playing a key role in raising Liverpool’s profile, regionally, nationally and internationally.”