Local worker picks up prestigious prize

A sales manager from the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has won the prestigious accolade of regional young ambassador at a recent award ceremony.

Steve Daun picked up the award at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA), which recognises and celebrates excellence in the hospitality and tourism sectors. He will now go on to represent the north-east of Scotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards in March.

Steve Daun

Since joining the AECC in 2009, Steve has progressed and is now responsible for the associations market, playing a vital part selling the city as a destination of choice to the conference market.

As well as being extremely hard working and passionate, Steve has played an integral part in helping to bring a vast amount of international conferences to the city. Between April 2014 to March 2015 alone, he helped to secure 14 conferences for the city, bringing substantial economic benefit and attracting more than 5,500 additional delegates to the city.

AECC’s director of sales and marketing, Louise Lonie, said: “This award is such a fantastic achievement for Steve. Steve has an enormous passion for the job and has such a charismatic personality which shines through his work and is so contagious. He works tirelessly to showcase Aberdeen as a conference destination and takes it to a global level, whilst securing new business and making lifelong friends along the way. Steve is a joy to work with, and an absolute credit to the team at AECC and we are all extremely proud of him.”
Steve added: “Winning the Regional Young Ambassador award was very unexpected. In my position, I aim to showcase Aberdeen as a destination of choice for national and international conferences. The wealth of conferences that are being brought to the region helps to recognise the depth of research being carried out in the city across many sectors including medical and life sciences. I am very proud to have been awarded the title and aim to carry on doing what I do.”

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