Video: ACC Liverpool celebrates a decade of growth and 6.47m visitors

Echo Arena has commissioned a song and film to celebrate its milestone year which has been released on social media as the complex reveals it has generated £1.45bn for the Liverpool city region

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ACC Liverpool complex on the banks of the Mersey. Picture by Ant Clausen


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 and Exhibition Centre Liverpool – has welcomed 6.47m visitors and generated £1.45bn in economic benefit for the city region.

Echo Arena has commissioned a song and film to celebrate its milestone year which has been released on social media. Click here to watch the video and hear the song

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.

More than 1,000 conferences have taken place for 850,000 delegates over the past decade 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 has hosted around 1,200 performances and has welcomed 5.4 million 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, 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 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.”

This year also marks a decade since Echo Arena hosted the opening ceremony for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. 

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