Surgeons return to city

ACC Liverpool is set to host the UK’s leading orthopaedic surgeons after the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) confirmed it will hold three large scale conferences at the venue, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.

A total of 3,600 delegates are expected to attend the association’s Annual Scientific Congress in September 2015, 2017 and 2019. BOA last visited ACC Liverpool in the venue’s opening year in 2008.

Each congress is expected to generate more than £2.2m in economic benefit for the Liverpool city region.

The annual conference attracts the UK’s top orthopaedic surgeons, healthcare practitioners and those considering a career in orthopaedic surgery.

Mike Kimmons, chief executive of BOA, said: “We first came to ACC Liverpool during its inaugural year in 2008 and were immediately impressed by the venue, expert staff and wonderful location.

“The venue and the city have continued to progress and develop over the past four years and we anticipate a successful conference when we return in 2015 and beyond.”

The BOA conference in 2015 will take place over four days with more than 100 exhibitors. It will include education seminars, plenary and named lectures as well as question and answer sessions covering training, research or management responsibilities.

Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: “We are finding that, like BOA, more and more associations are booking their conferences well in advance and for multiple years at the same venue. By doing this, multi-year deals can be negotiated to safeguard future business both for the client and the venue.

“We are helping our new and existing clients to make the right strategic business decisions for their organisations, this comes down to the strong relationships we have built.

“It’s no coincidence that we are also seeing an increase in repeat business.”

The British Orthopaedic Association, a registered charity, has more than 4,000 members worldwide.

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