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London gears up for £70 million congress

The 22,000-delegate European Respiratory Society congress will be the second largest conference ever held in London

Pictured: Tracy Halliwell, London & Partners director of business tourism and major events

The second largest congress to be hosted in London will generate an estimated £73 million in economic benefit.

London & Partners, the capital’s convention bureau, has revealed the figure as it prepares to welcome 22,000 delegates for the European Respiratory Society (ERS) congress at ExCeL London.

The five-day conference starts on 3 September, and brings together respiratory experts from across the globe.

Tracy Halliwell, director of business tourism and major events at London & Partners said the event cements London’s position as a leading city for medical and life sciences events. The ERS follows last year’s European Society of Cardiology congress which was attended by 32,773 delegates, a record number for the annual event and the largest congress ever held in the capital.

“The European Respiratory Society congress is one of the most prestigious congresses in the world and we are honoured that the Society chose London for its 2016 edition,” she added.

Alongside the congress, the European Respiratory Society will also be running public events to raise awareness of the importance of respiratory health. This will include a lung health event run by the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, which will take place on Trafalgar Square.

ERS Congress chair professor Peter Barnes said: “London is a fitting choice for the 26th ERS International Congress as a city that boasts a proud history of scientific innovation and medical discoveries. As one of the best-respected conference venues and one of the London 2012 Olympic venues, we felt the ExCeL London was the ideal location for the largest respiratory conference in the world.”  

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