More than one million visitors lined Liverpool’s waterfront as the Three Cunard Queens put the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool under spotlight, on 25 May.
For the first time, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria met at the mouth of the River Mersey before sailing in formation towards ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and the forthcoming Exhibition Centre Liverpool opening in September.
Bob Prattey, ACC Liverpool chief executive, said: “The eyes of the world were on Liverpool’s waterfront for this magnificent event, with more than one million visitors expected in the city.
“We were honoured that the ships sailed towards our venue and with just 100 days to go until we open Exhibition Centre Liverpool, this was a perfect opportunity to unveil our new waterfront addition.”
The £40m Exhibition Centre Liverpool will feature an atrium glazed with waterfront views as well as food and beverage outlets, multiple meeting rooms, external balconies and exhibition area and a business centre.
An 8,100 sqm exhibition hall can be used as a single building or divided into three. It will more than double the existing 7,125 sqm at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of integrated and flexible event facilities.
A combination of consumer and trade events are confirmed including the North of England’s Largest Antiques and Collectors Fair; Bliss Wedding Shows’ The Liverpool Wedding Show and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers FPS Expo.
The new venue will also include a £26m integrated 216-room Pullman hotel, which is taking bookings from January next year – both will be interconnected to ACC Liverpool via a pedestrian link bridge.
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