Medical conferences to attract 22,000 delegates to Brazil

Brazilian tourist board, Embratur, predicts more than 22,000 delegates will attend international medical events in the country this year.

Corcovado mountain Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado mountain Rio de Janeiro
Key events include the 11th International Congress for Gastric Cancer in São Paulo in June with 2,000 people expected to attend; the 9th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience in July, anticipated to attract 4,000 delegates to Rio de Janeiro; and a 3,000-strong event for the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná state in August.

The tourist board helped secure these and other events, which will take place in eight cities across seven states including Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte, Santa Catarina and Bahia. Its president Vicente Neto said the wins will help to generate movement in the economy, create employment and stimulate an exchange between researchers from Brazil and abroad.

"This type of conference helps Brazil to grow into one of the main hosts for the global events of today," he said. "In partnership with Brazil’s states and the private sector, we are working to attract even more events like this."

The country has also confirmed several high-profile health industry congresses, symposiums and workshops for 2016, equating to around 11,000 delegates.

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