ACC Liverpool is celebrating 10 years since it hosted its first large national conference.
Since opening its doors to the Liberal Democrats spring conference in March 2008, the complex – home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena Liverpool and Exhibition Centre Liverpool – has welcomed 6.47 million visitors and generated £1.45 billion in economic benefit for the city region.
This year also marks a decade since Echo Arena Liverpool hosted the opening ceremony for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.
To mark the occasion, the arena has commissioned a song and film to celebrate its milestone year which will be released today (8 March) on social media.
Local singer-songwriter Katy Alex and songwriter Cameron Warren have written and performed an original song entitled ‘Home’ which accompanies footage, filmed by BAFTA nominated Liverpool production company Hurricane Films, capturing the excitement and emotion of a crowd enjoying a variety of arena events.
Michelle Kemp, assistant director of marketing at ACC Liverpool, says: “We really wanted to celebrate the arena and the people it belongs to, with the footage focusing on the audience having the time of their lives and the emotion and experience of an event night.”
More than 1,000 conferences have taken place for 850,000 delegates over the past decade at ACC Liverpool with highlights including BBC Worldwide Showcase, which returned for the seventh time this February; the Labour Party conference – returning for the third time in September – the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Confederation.
Large international conferences have included the European Association for International Education, Eurospine and the Union World Conference on Lung Health. Forthcoming international congresses include Uni Global Union World Congress and Health Systems Research.
Meanwhile Echo Arena Liverpool has hosted around 1,200 performances and has welcomed 5.4m visitors. Entertainment highlights have included the European MTV Awards, the Davis Cup, Sir Paul McCartney and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which returned for a second time in December 2017.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, adds: “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 look ahead to future developments.
“Prior to 2008, there wasn’t a conference and entertainment venue on the scale of ACC Liverpool in the city. Our construction was an integral part of the regeneration of the region which has continued ever since and will continue into the future.
“We are proud to have brought so many major events over the past decade – from top international shows to groundbreaking global conferences. We look forward to continuing to entertain visitors and to provide a world class award-winning venue for leading academics and professionals to meet.”