Conference set to boost economy by £122,000Artificial noses, ears and eyes will be on the agenda in Inverness this week as more than 100 of the world’s leading facial prosthetics specialists descend on the city for a conference that is set to boost the local economy by around £122,000.
The Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists & Technologists (IMPT) 2013 Congress will take place at Eden Court from 4-6 September. It is the first time that the Congress has come to Inverness and only the third time in the last 30 years that it has been held in Scotland.
Members of the Institute, who are travelling to the Highlands from as far afield as India, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, will also be treated to a civic reception by Inverness City Council.
The conference is being hosted by Steven Hutchison, Consultant in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the UK’s most northerly Oral and Maxillofacial Department at Raigmore Hospital.
Steven is one of VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Ambassadors. The national tourism organisation’s Ambassador Programme is designed to bring more international conferences to Scotland.
He said: “It has been two years of hard work to bring the IMPT Congress to Inverness and I am delighted to be hosting this hugely significant event. I am very grateful to the Business Tourism Unit at VisitScotland for their assistance in the run-up to the event. On making their decision, I think Inverness as a destination sold the conference. The Highlands is a fantastic place to visit and I’m sure that, as well as taking part in a memorable conference, delegates will love seeing and experiencing what Inverness and the Highlands have to offer.”
Kerry Watson, who heads up the Ambassador Programme at VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit, said: “The meetings industry is now worth £1.9 billion and is the 16th biggest employer in the UK. Local Ambassadors like Steven are key to attracting more international conferences to Inverness. It is through their influence, expertise and sheer hard work that conferences such as the IMPT Congress are a success.”