ExCeL London is celebrating the record number of associations choosing London as a destination for their events, following the venue’s bumper start to the year.
Since the start of 2015, ExCeL has welcomed the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference; IEEE International Conference on Communications; Global Offshore Wind; the Digestive Disorders Federation Conference and the Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion.
The European Wound Management Association (EWMA), which hosted its annual congress at ExCeL in May, saw a 17 per cent increase in delegates and a 33 per cent increase in exhibitors. The congress welcomed a total of 4,126 participants from 77 countries.
The 52nd Annual Congress of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA 2015), which took place at the end of May, also reported strong delegate numbers with four times the number of attendees from the UK compared to previous events.
EuroPerio8 (pictured), held in June, reported a 25 per cent increase in delegate numbers with 9,700 participants, compared to their last congress in 2012.
Samantha Shamkh, head of conventions at ExCeL London, said: “The record number of associations that are now choosing London is an endorsement of the decision to open our International Convention Centre.
“The world renowned attraction of London is responsible for delivering record breaking attendance and is why so many associations are now seeing our city as a prime location for their events.”
Becky Graveney, head of associations at London & Partners said: “This is a standout year for association events, with the European Society of Cardiology’s annual congress just around the corner, and the fantastic spread of leading medical events coming to London.
“We’re delighted that our strategy of targeting larger scale conventions and meetings, as well as our focus on London’s sectoral expertise is delivering such strong results for the city. London now sits at number six for the number of meetings hosted and number four for number of delegates and we regularly see that when events come to London, the number of attendees increases.”
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