Birmingham has won its bid to host the annual Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress, 20-22 June 2016.
The three-day international conference is expected to bring more than 2,000 delegates, speakers and exhibitors to the Birmingham ICC from nearly 70 countries. The conference is expected to generate £2.8m for the local economy.
Meet Birmingham, the city’s official business tourism programme, played a key role in securing the congress with support from the ICC.
The RCOG educates and trains members in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. Ahead of the event in Birmingham in 2016, the annual congress will take place in Hyderabad, India and Brisbane, Australia.
“The facilities at the ICC, the large choice of nearby hotels and the vibrancy of its city centre were key to our decision to award the 2016 event to Birmingham,” says Director of Meetings at RCOG, Lynn Whitley. “Our World Congress continues to grow with a record number of registrations received for this year’s event. The impressive changes currently being made to Birmingham’s transport links, coupled with the city’s convenient central location in the UK, promises to attract the event more delegates in three years’ time.”
By 2016, it is hoped RCOG will be able to benefit from Birmingham’s revamped New Street station, with a new concourse (three and a half times bigger than at present) and more accessible platforms. Meanwhile, Birmingham Airport’s new runway expansion project, to be completed in 2014, will allow visitors to arrive in the city from destinations as far afield as the West Coast of the USA, China and South Africa.
“Winning the right to host such a sought-after, international medical conference is a major coup for the city,” says Ian Taylor, Commercial Director of Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership that operates Meet Birmingham. “It serves as a further example of our business tourism and inward investment programmes successfully aligning to attract more life sciences conferences to the region, maximising investment opportunities in this sector.”
Caroline Newhall-Caiger, Business Development Director at the ICC, adds: “We are delighted that the RCOG has decided to bring its conference to Birmingham and our convention centre. This latest win comes only weeks after we announced a trio of new international conferences.”
The ICC will also welcome the seventh EMBO Meeting 2015; the 2,500 delegate International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference 2016 and the SAE International, Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting 2014.
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