The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) have pulled off a successful joint bid to host the Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) in 2020.
The collaboration, which also involved the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, won the bid against competition from Beijing, Singapore and Cancun.
“As a potential host destination, it was vitally important that the partnership worked to understand the objectives of IAP and demonstrate how hosting the IAP Congress in Glasgow in 2020 would support their long term goals,” says Dawn Lauder, Senior Sales Manager of International Associations at SECC.
“We worked hard to ensure that our bid closely adhered to the mission of the IAP, and clearly set out our vision for Glasgow 2020. This included the promotion of underserved pathology communities, providing bursaries for British linked schools in Bosnia, Sri Lanka, East Africa, and the Middle East, and promoting pathology in undergraduate medical curricula.”
Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Aileen Crawford, says the Glasgow ethos is simple: “Bring your meeting to Glasgow and we’ll work hard behind the scenes as a team to make your conference ambitions come to fruition.
“Our success can largely be attributed to our close working city-wide relationships between the SECC, academic institutions, our hotels and our meeting hubs.”
“Conferences mean big business to Glasgow’s economy and we intend to continue standing side by side with other world-leading cities, bidding for global meetings,” Crawford adds.
The board of the International Academy of Pathology announced its decision to go to Glasgow in 2020 to delegates at its 30th annual congress, which took place at the Bangkok Convention Centre, in Thailand this month.
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