The number of international conferences being held in Liverpool has increased four-fold in the past year, figures have revealed.
In 2011, the city hosted six such events in venues across the region compared to 26 confirmed for this year.
The number of international delegates increased from 2,800 last year to a total of 9,280 expected this year.
Liverpool has so far welcomed thousands of international delegates to events in 2012, including the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which saw 3,000 attendees from 125 countries, and BBC Worldwide Showcase, where 640 international TV buyers attended the world's largest international television market hosted by a single distributor.
Both events took place at ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.
Elsewhere in the city, the 11th international Conference on Pavement Engineering and Infrastructure was held at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in February.
Meanwhile ACC Liverpool has today announced that the 15th International Handbell Symposium will take place between 31 July and 4 August 2012, bringing 450 handbell ringers from Australasia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, USA, and the UK.
Recent figures released by Visit Britain estimate that 545,000 overseas visitors stayed in Liverpool in 2011, of which 19 per cent - around 101,000 - attended for business. It is now the fifth most visited city in the UK by overseas guests - behind London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.
Carol O'Reilly, Liverpool Convention Bureau manager, said: "These figures are extremely encouraging and reflect how Liverpool is increasingly earning a reputation as an international destination for high-profile conferences and events.
"This is thanks to a number of factors including our connectivity to Europe through our network of airports, major roads and rail travel."
Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: "We have already welcomed thousands of international delegates to ACC Liverpool this year and we are confident that this trend is set to continue.
"We have received positive feedback from delegates who cited our location on Liverpool's waterfront, our proximity to fantastic leisure attractions, hotels and restaurants and our versatile venue as just some of the reasons they enjoyed their event and their visit to the city."
Forthcoming events at ACC Liverpool include the International Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Workshop later this month (1,200 delegates), the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis next month (1,500 delegates) and the International and European Associations Congress in July (400 delegates).
Elsewhere in the city, MEDSIP (Advances in Medical Signal and Information Processing) will hold its fifth annual conference at Liverpool Cathedral on 5 - 6 July, with the conference dinner taking place at The Light in Liverpool's iconic Royal Liver Building.
Other forthcoming events include the Gamma Ray Burst Symposium at Merseyside Maritime Museum (100 delegates) and the seventh international conference on the Arts in Society at Liverpool John Moores University's Art and Design Academy (300 attendees).
Destination Liverpool will be exhibiting on Visit England Stand F340 at IMEX 2012 from 22 to 24 May at Messe Frankfurt.
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