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Madrid proves a record-breaker for medical oncology specialists

More than 24,000 delegates and sponsors attended ESMO at Ifema earlier this year

Pictured: ESMO has been held in Madrid twice in the last three years

The European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) smashed its congress attendance record when it met in Madrid earlier this year - with 24,000 attendees taking part in the event.

The five-day ESMO 2017 Congress was held at Ifema, in September, and saw numbers increase by around 18 per cent on last year’s record-breaking event in Copenhagen, where 20,500 took part.

It is the second time the Spanish capital has hosted the prestigious event, which is widely regarded as the medical oncology sector’s most important meeting, the last time being in 2014.

Organised by ESMO and the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), more than 85 per cent of participants at this year’s congress were, according to organisers, from abroad.

The congress generated more than 180,000 overnight stays in the city’s hotels, accruing more than €65 million for the city.This figure excludes parallel meetings organised by medical bodies and manufacturers.

Madrid Convention Bureau has been pursuing its strategy to attract large international events for more than a decade, working closely with professionals from the scientific sector and universities.

In addition to ESMO, Madrid has hosted six congresses with more than 7,000 participants this year. They are: the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR),14,000, the World ATM Congress (WATMC), 7,800, the 54th Congress of the European Renal Association and the European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA),  7,500, the 22nd Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA),15,000, and the Annual World Dental Congress 2017 (FDI), with 12,000 attendees.

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