Aberdeen's £333m Exhibition and Conference Centre backed by council
Council said the complex is expected to attract 31,000 business tourists to Scotland.
Aberdeen's £333m Exhibition and Conference Centre has been backed by councillors.
Developer Henry Boot will build a new exhibition centre, two hotels and clean energy power station on the site of the former Rowett Research Institute in Bucksburn.
Aberdeen City Council said the complex is expected to attract 31,000 new business tourists to Scotland every year.
The conference centre, which is expected to open in late 2018, will replace the existing AECC at the Bridge of Don.
The council's development committee approved the project on Thursday after the financial plan was backed by the full council in March.
Development convener Ramsay Mile said: "The new AECC will be a state-of-the-art facility that will help to ensure Aberdeen competes with other major cities, not just within Scotland and the UK, but internationally with other global energy capitals.
"The addition of the energy centre with the anaerobic digestion plant provides an innovative element to the project.
"It will provide power but also, along with the hotel, provide an income stream that will help to cover the cost of the development."