Liverpool wins first world cancer congress

The first international congress of cancer surgeons will take place in Liverpool in 2014.

Inside the ACC Liverpool
Inside the ACC Liverpool
The European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) conference is expected to attract more than 1,500 surgical oncologists from 29-31 October and is expected to generate around £2 million for the local economy.

It is the first time in ESSO's 30-year history that the annual congress will take place in the UK and also the first time it has invited delegates from worldwide sister associations in the US, Brazil, India and China.  

The ACC Liverpool will host a special Lord Mayor’s reception for delegates.

Professor Graeme Poston, Consultant Liver Surgeon at Aintree University Hospital and Liverpool Conference Ambassador, helped secure the event alongside Liverpool Convention Bureau and ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.

Professor Poston, who is also President of ESSO, commented: "Our success with ESSO is the latest in a series of major clinical conference wins for Liverpool against both international and national competition.

"Liverpool City Region’s clinicians work very closely with Liverpool Convention Bureau and venue management teams to present the best possible bids for securing major conferences in the city.

"Liverpool’s growing track record for successfully delivering first class clinical conferences is increasingly giving us an advantage, alongside the city’s worldwide recognition in music and football, as our brand is a global one".

Kate Currie, Interim Convention Bureau Manager at Liverpool Convention Bureau, added: "This conference win is a great coup for the city and a reward for our collaborative efforts in securing the event. We faced competition from Athens, Geneva and Berlin, so quite rightly we are extremely proud to have secured such a high profile conference, which underlines our city’s international reach and expert knowledge".

Kerrin Macphie, Director of Sales at ACC Liverpool, added: "This is a first for the UK, the city and for ACC Liverpool and is testament to the great work carried out by our Ambassadors to bring high profile conferences to the city.

"We hope to continue to attract more international events of this nature - receiving endorsement from members of the medical profession goes a long way in recognising Liverpool as a leading conference destination. We look forward to welcoming ESSO in 2014."

Other bid wins for Liverpool Convention Bureau include this year’s International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis Congress, the 2013 Congress of the European Society for Gynaecological Oncology and the 2014 European Conference of Head and Neck Oncology. These events are expected to collectively contribute more than £8million to the local economy.

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