ACC Liverpool welcomed 3,500 international surgeons, healthcare experts and industry professionals this week when it hosted the UK’s first Eurospine annual congress.
The four-day event is predicted to generate more than £5m in economic benefit to the city.
The annual meeting is a major gathering for European orthopaedic, trauma and neurosurgeons, as well as scientists, engineers and biologists, who all come together to share the latest findings from their research.
Keynote speakers included BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner who was left paralysed after he was shot by terrorists in Saudi Arabia in 2004.
Dr Tim Pigott, a spinal neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre, Liverpool and his colleague Dr Martin Wilby helped to secure the event in the city, working with PCO Mondial. He said: “This is the first UK meeting and it was important that it came to Liverpool, which is my adopted city.
“It was building ACC Liverpool that enabled us to do this. The venue has fantastic facilities and is in an excellent location in the city centre. It ticks all the boxes for people travelling here from all over the world and is good for the city in terms of the amount that people spend during their stay,” he added.
The D-end of the Echo Arena was transformed for a plenary session and 114 global exhibitors were installed across the arena and hall two of the venue.
“Eurospine was our largest production of the year so far with 27 technicians onsite every day,” said Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool, Bob Prattey. “It provided an opportunity to showcase our city and venue to thousands of delegates from all over the world, including North America and Asia.”
Liverpool Convention Bureau provided support including accommodation bookings and placing fringe events.
Kate Currie, Interim Convention Bureau Manager, said: “We are fortunate to have local ambassadors who are as passionate as we are about Liverpool and help attract these large international conferences to the city.”
Eurospine has been held in locations including Amsterdam, Vienna and Milan and will take place next year in Lyon.
Photo credit: Apace Amfort.
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