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Aberdeen calling Stavanger to visit the Granite City


Aberdeen City Council is leading a business delegation to Stavanger this week, to promote Aberdeen City and Shire as a leisure and tourism destination to the Norwegian markets.

The two cities have a long history of working together and were twinned more than 20 years ago to forge and promote economic, social and cultural links.

Aberdeen Calling Stavanger, an annual event organised to build on those links and attract Norwegians to the North-east, sees city and shire businesses take the short hop overseas to show off what the region can offer.

Council officers will be joined by a number of North-east firms when they fly to Norway's oil capital on Wednesday.

The Granite City has become an increasingly popular destination for Norwegians in recent years, which is reflected by the fact that eight flights a day now operate between Aberdeen and Stavanger.

Council leader and convener of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Barney Crockett said: "For many years Aberdeen and Stavanger have enjoyed a good and productive friendship, bolstered by more than 20 years of being twinned.

"We have built up strong links not only on the business and civic fronts, but in other areas too, including cultural, social and education. For example, we recently agreed to provide funding to help schools in both cities work together to look at ways of plugging the future skills gap in the energy industry.

"In recent years, we have seen growing numbers of Norwegian tourists coming to Aberdeen for both long and short breaks, sometimes combining business with pleasure. The city and shire is clearly becoming increasingly attractive to the Norwegian market and it is essential that we continue to show off our best assets and promote the North-east as the best destination for business and leisure tourists."

Skene House HotelSuites director and general manager Peter Medley said: "Skene House HotelSuites has attended Aberdeen calling Stavanger for three years. It is a great event for leisure and business tourism partners to join together and sell the benefits of visiting Aberdeen and the Shire whether it is for business or leisure.

"The attendance of buyers at Aberdeen calling Stavanger grows every year and is always an event that people talk about for a long time afterwards."

Aberdeen City Council works hard to promote the region year-round, as well as at the annual Offshore Northern Seas conference in Stavanger. Local firms and industries regularly join forces with the authority to promote the region's attractions, including retail, cultural offerings, sporting facilities, the whisky industry and the hotel industry.