Glasgow beats Beijing, Singapore and Cancun to host prestigious conference in 2020

Glasgow to host Congress of International Academy of Pathology

27 October 2014
Glasgow has beaten stiff competition to be host city of the prestigious Congress of International Academy of Pathology (IAP) in 2020.

The securing of the conference, which was a collaborative effort of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and The Glasgow marketing City Bureau, is the first time the conference has been in the UK since its inauguration and will be held at the SECC. Previous host cities include Cape Town, Montreal and Brisbane.

The IAP, where professionals share research and theories for scientific, technological and methodological advancement, promises 3000 delegates from around the globe, with 15,000 hotel room nights and a welcome boost to Glasgow’s restaurants, bars, shops and other businesses expected to inject £5 million into the local economy.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "Conferencing business forms an integral part of the city's economic strategy. Securing such an established and world renowned meeting as the Congress of the International Academy of Pathology, at a time when global competition in the market is incredibly fierce, is fantastic news for Glasgow.”
 Gordon Matheson went on to say that "With an enviable portfolio of medical research and development credentials supported by a distinguished history of healthcare innovation, Glasgow is the perfect fit to host a world-leading medical conference on this scale”.

In the last financial year alone, Glasgow hosted 453 conferences, injecting £118m into the local economy. The securing of the IAP in 2020 will no doubt improve Glasgow’s already strong world meeting and conference hub status.
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