The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) World congress held in Birmingham for the 22nd successive occasion, attracted more than 10,000 visitors over five days.
Visitors converged on the city to promote excellence in veterinary practice through education and science. This year the event was jointly hosted with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA).
Between 11-15 April, Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC) and National Indoor Arena (NIA) hosted over 5,000 vets, 2,000 vet nurses and 3,000 exhibitors from more than 70 nations, a 22 percent increase on the previous high in 2011.
The Birmingham Convention Bureau (BCB), operated my Marketing Birmingham, estimates that the five-day congress will have generated more than £18m to the regional economy through hotel stays, meals entertainment and travel.
Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, Ian Taylor says: “Hosting such an important event in the veterinary calendar for more than two decades truly cements the city’s position as a leading global conference destination. It underlies the hard work of our accommodation, entertainment and transport partners and the high quality experiences that they provide for organisers and delegates.” Taylor continues: “This year’s attendance serves to demonstrate the city’s capacity to cater for events of all sizes.”
The veterinary event was the first to be staged at the ICC when it opened in 1991. Business Development Director for the ICC, Catherine Newhall-Caiger, says: “We are extremely pleased that this year’s World Congress has been such a huge success for BSAVA and its delegates, and are very proud to have been part of such a prestigious event.”
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