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International event wins 'will bring £3.2m' to UK city 

Successful bids for international conferences and events are set to bring over 3,000 delegates to Cambridge over the next two years, resulting in £3.2m economic impact to the local area. 

Latest figures released by Meet Cambridge, the conference and events bureau for Cambridge and the region, highlight recent confirmations of 14 high profile international meetings coming to the city. 

This coincides with the recent ranking of Cambridge as one of the top ten cities in the UK for the number of international association events held in 2018 by the International Congress and Convention Association. 

The majority of the meetings are in the medical science and technology sectors, run by international associations which rotate the location for their events around the world each year, often following a selection process by their members. 

Judith Sloane, deputy manager at Meet Cambridge, said: “We are delighted that our region has won in these 14 cases, with at least five further international events up to 2024 currently in the pipeline. Projections at this stage can only be approximate but it is likely that those confirmed will attract more than 3,000 delegates to the area, who will be staying in the region for between two and five days, delivering approximately £3.2 million economic impact to the region in terms of spend on accommodation, meals, tours and shopping. 

“Most of these events are from the medical, technology and scientific sectors, for which Cambridge can deliver unique benefits in terms of tapping into the local expertise at our universities and the knowledge clusters at our science and technology parks, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the new Biomedical Campus. All of these offer excellent opportunities for collaboration, peer-to-peer networking and knowledge transfer. 

“This, together with our portfolio of inspirational venues – academic, unique spaces and hotels in the city and beyond – makes Cambridge a very attractive destination for international associations.” 

Conferences already hosted in 2019 include: International Biocuration Conference; Annual Workshop Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology and Evolution Evolving. 

Confirmed meetings for the remainder of the year include: International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction; Astro Hack Week; International Cell Wall Meeting and the International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Constructio