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Birmingham delivers new addition to 2016 events calendar

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Birmingham and the International Convention Centre (ICC) have won the international bid to host the annual Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress in 2016.
The three-day international conference is expected to bring more than 2,000 delegates, speakers and exhibitors to the region from nearly 70 countries, boosting the local visitor economy by £2.8 million.

Meet Birmingham, the city’s official business tourism programme, played a key role in securing the prestigious congress with support from the ICC, which will host the event from 20-22 June 2016.

The RCOG educates and trains members in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. The college has 12,500 fellows and members across the world, with representation from all six continents. Ahead of the event in Birmingham in 2016, the annual congress will take place in Hyderabad, India and Brisbane, Australia.

Lynn Whitley, Director of Meetings at RCOG said: “The superb facilities at the ICC, the large choice of nearby hotels and the vibrancy of its city centre were absolutely key to our decision to award the 2016 event to Birmingham.

“Our World Congress continues to grow with a record number of registrations received for this year’s event. The impressive changes currently being made to Birmingham’s transport links, coupled with the city’s convenient central location in the UK, promises to attract even more delegates in three years’ time.”

By 2016, RCOG delegates will be able to benefit from Birmingham’s revamped New Street station, with a new concourse three and a half times bigger than at present and more accessible, brighter platforms. Meanwhile, Birmingham Airport’s new runway extension project, to be completed in 2014, will allow visitors to arrive in the city from destinations as far afield as the West Coast of the USA, China and South Africa.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director of Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership that operates Meet Birmingham, commented: “Winning the right to host such a sought-after, international medical conference is a major coup for the city. It serves as a further example of our business tourism and inward investment programmes successfully aligning to attract more life sciences conferences to the region, maximising investment opportunities in this sector.  

“The city remains a welcoming, popular conferencing destination for both organisers and delegates, with facilities to suit every occasion. The Royal College’s decision to stage its 2016 World Congress here further enhances our reputation as a highly respected UK events city in a competitive industry.”

Catherine Newhall-Caiger, Business Development Director at the ICC added: “We are delighted that the RCOG have decided to bring their prestigious conference to Birmingham and our convention centre. This latest win comes only weeks after we announced a trio of new international conferences, reaffirming the ICC and Birmingham’s position as one of the leading conference destination in Europe.”  

The venue will also welcome the Seventh EMBO Meeting 2015; the 2,500 delegate International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Conference (IATEFL) 2016 and the SAE International, Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting 2014.  

Meet Birmingham, together with the ICC and the NEC, will be exhibiting on stand H1 at the inaugural Meetings Show UK at London’s Olympia from 9-11 July.

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