Vancouver welcomes 10,000 delegates to World Congress of Dermatology

Around 10,000 medical professionals from 126 countries will meet in Vancouver over the next few days for the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology.

Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver Convention Centre
Held every four years, the congress is one of the world’s oldest and continuous international dermatology meetings. It opened yesterday (8 June) at the Vancouver Convention Centre and will run until 13 June.

This is the first time the event has been held in Canada. It is expected to contribute approximately £22.8m ($35m) to the city's economy.

Dr Harvey Lui, congress secretary-general and professor of the UBC Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, said: "We’ve been working on this project for the last seven years. It’s so exciting for us to welcome our professional colleagues from 126 countries to Vancouver.

"Our congress will be the largest dermatologist gathering ever in Canada. Cities have to compete every four years for the privilege of hosting the congress. We are really grateful to everyone in the local tourism sector for all their practical advice and guidance."

The congress is the first in a series of international medical conventions taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this year. Ken Cretney, president and CEO, BC Pavilion Corporation, said: "Attracting global medical conventions of this calibre truly speaks to the extraordinary draw of Vancouver as an international meeting destination, the appeal of our exceptional Convention Centre, and the excellent reputation of the local medical community."

The congress was secured through Tourism Vancouver’s Be A Host program, which identifies locals like Dr Lui who have the ability to bring a major events to the city and supports them through the conference bidding process.

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