Liverpool has won its bid to host the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in 2013 which will see around 3,000 delegates attend the four day event at ACC Liverpool with an estimated economic benefit to the city of £5 million.
Liverpool was up against Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Moscow and Munich in its bid to secure the event which is aimed at providing a platform for discussion on the latest scientific developments in the field. Delegates in attendance will include clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals working in the field of obesity research and education, opinion leaders and advocacy groups.
"Having initially found out about the event back in May 2009 through the North West Conference Research Unit (NWCRU), we worked closely with our own Forum Legati conference ambassadors and ACC Liverpool to make our bid as strong as possible." comments Carol O'Reilly, Liverpool Convention Bureau Manager.
"We also featured Liverpool's Year of Health and Wellbeing - an initiative to promote healthier lifestyles - as well as the range of attractions in the city region. But the real strength of our submission came from our expert scientific community and in particular Professor John Wilding, who is regarded as an expert in the field and gave organisers a compelling reason to bring ECO to the city."
Chairman of the Association for the Study of Obesity, Dr Susan Jebb added;
"We are absolutely delighted that Liverpool has been chosen to host ECO 2013. The decision clearly reflects the City's commitment and enthusiasm to host the event, for which I'd like to thank the City Council and colleagues at the Liverpool Convention Bureau for their vital contributions to the bid and presentation. It also recognises the quality and reputation of Liverpool's expertise and networks in the prevention and treatment of obesity. The event will be a wonderful opportunity for the City to showcase its cultural heritage and vibrancy in welcoming the expected 3,000 delegates from across Europe."
Jacquie Rogers, general manager BT Convention Centre, part of ACC Liverpool comments; "We are delighted to be hosting the Association for the Study of Obesity congress. ACC Liverpool has established an un-rivalled reputation across the medical sector due to our understanding of the demands of these types of events. Liverpool's appeal as a congress destination grows year on year; subsequently we are constantly evolving and enhancing our product and service offering to ensure that we continue to win high profile events such as the European Congress on Obesity and to maintain our momentum as one of the world's leading convention centres."