ACC Liverpool is set to welcome thousands of international delegates to a medical conference after one of the city's ambassadors campaigned for it to come to the city.
The European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) will hold its four day International Meeting from October 17 to 22 2013, bringing around 2,500 attendees from more than 60 countries.
The event will bring together thousands of leading experts in women's cancers to learn about new developments in the prevention, treatment and study of gynaecological cancer.
Dr John Green, senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool and consultant medical oncologist at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, worked with the Liverpool Bidding Partnership to bring the society's biennial conference to the venue. He is one of a group of ambassadors and affiliates who work with ACC Liverpool and the city region to attract events to the city.
He said: "ESGO is the world's leading gynaecologic oncology society and, as Liverpool progresses to become a world leader in cancer care, it seemed a logical development to bring the International Meeting to Liverpool.
"The world-class facilities at ACC Liverpool really strengthened our bid to host the event in Liverpool and the destination assets are a perfect fit for this international event. We have all worked hard to try and secure the meeting and look forward to welcoming thousands of medical experts to the city next year."
The event will be the 18th in its history and will take place in both BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, both part of ACC Liverpool.
Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: "This event is a fantastic example of the importance of our ambassadors and affiliates in helping us to target and win events.
"We are working with this important group of individuals as they are key drivers to developing the city's economy."
Previous locations for the congress include Berlin, Istanbul and Milan. The 2013 programme will include updates on the latest in clinical and laboratory research on gynaecological cancer prevention, treatment and care. Many patients with these cancers now survive many years, and patient seminars and advocacy group interactions will be important components of this meeting.
Professor Nicoletta Colombo, ESGO president, said: "The International Meeting is an opportunity for our members to listen to keynote lectures, take part in sessions and browse symposia led by international experts.
"Liverpool's strengths as a conference destination and in the medical sector were important factors in our decision to choose the city, and ACC Liverpool, for our next International Meeting."
Carol O'Reilly, manager of Liverpool Convention Bureau, added: "ESGO's confirmation that it will hold its next meeting in Liverpool is the culmination of a long period of developing relationships between the city and the conference organisers with Dr Green providing vital support.
"This will be a good opportunity to show off what we have to offer to European delegates who may never have visited Liverpool before."