24 November 2014
ExCeL London and London & Partners today announced three major association wins for the City in 2016 with The European Respiratory Society and Euroanaesthesia, choosing ExCeL for the first time, and EULAR (The European League Against Rheumatism) returning to the venue following a successful event in 2011.
The first of these events hosted in London will be the European Society of Anaesthesiology's 2016 congress, taking place from 28 to 30 May, while EULAR which represents the patient, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology across Europe, will come to the city the following month from 8 to 11 June. The European Respiratory Society, which seeks to alleviate suffering from respiratory disease, will host its congress at ExCeL London from 3 to 7 September 2016.
As London welcomes these new wins, the city is celebrating a succession of record-breaking delegate numbers for international congresses hosted in the city. EASL (European Association for the Study of the Liver) saw over 10,000 join their congress in London, representing their highest ever attendance, while the European Society of Pathology saw a 23 per cent increase in attendance at ECP, compared to 2013. ESCRS, EURETINA and EuCornea also saw the largest ever gathering of eye specialists in London this year.
Looking forward, 2015 will be ExCeL London's best ever year for congresses, with more ICCA rated events than ever before. This includes the European Society of Cardiology, which will be welcoming 35,000 international delegates next August.
Commenting on the venue's achievements James Rees, Executive Director, 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. London continues to invest in its product and infrastructure and now, more than ever, is in a position to deliver the best possible delegate experience and value-for-money. We are committed to continuing our investment in the venue, in the build-up to the opening of our Crossrail station in 2019 and beyond."
Becky Graveney, Head of Associations at London & Partners adds: "London is a leading centre of excellence for medical and life sciences and this, combined with the draw of the capital for event delegates, has helped secure these fantastic new association wins for the capital.
"ExCeL London offers a flexible and versatile events space for congresses and its proximity to the centre of the capital allows associations to deliver an inspiring and broad-ranging programme for delegates. We continually hear from event organisers that London delivers an attendee uplift for their events because we are a city that people are excited to visit and eager to do business in. We are confident that these new association wins will enjoy the same success when they arrive in London."
Patricia Foo, Head of Congress and Events, European Respiratory Society, commented: "ERS is delighted that its International Congress, one of the biggest respiratory meetings in the world, will be at ExCeL in 2016. We look forward to working with the venue and seeing what the London has to offer to more than 20,000 delegates."
Dr Eliot Forster, Executive Chair of MedCity, launched by the Mayor of London with the capital's three Academic Health Science Centres to promote innovation and investment in the life sciences cluster of London and the south east, says: "This is a hugely exciting time for life sciences in London and the south east, with a number of ambitious new initiatives and infrastructure developments under way to promote collaboration across all the sectors that make up this cluster. It's terrific for those of us who do business in the region that these events will bring in experts from around the world to London in such numbers to network and collaborate."