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Mayor welcomes news of prestigious 2014 medical conference

London today underlined its position as one of the world’s leading locations for events and conferences with the decision by one of Europe’s leading medical associations, EASL, to stage its 2014 conference at ExCeL London, 3-miles from the Olympic Park. 

The five day event is expected to bring some 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals to the capital and generate over £25 million of revenue.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“The infrastructure we have built in London, including the array of new landmark hotels and inspirational event spaces appearing in and around the east of the city, is making our great capital a dream location for the conference industry. I am delighted that EASL are coming here and welcome the jobs and investment their decision provides. The world has been watching how this city has hosted the Olympics, which I have no doubt will help lure further large events of this nature to London in the future.”

London was selected over other European and UK destinations after a competitive tendering process was run by EASL (the European Association for the Study of the Liver) through Congrex. London’s promotional organisation, London & Partners, worked in tandem with ExCeL London to secure the bid.

Grégoire Pavillon, Executive Director of EASL, commented:

“London has transformed itself as a congress venue over the last four years both in terms of world-class facilities and new infrastructure. For EASL, London is also a major global centre for medical research and the life science’s industry as a whole. We are therefore delighted to be hosting our 2014 International Liver Congress™ in the city.”

In the last four years London has rapidly risen up the ICCA rankings from 19th in 2008 to 7th in 2011. EASL promotes research and education in hepatology (the study of liver disease) and is focused on combatting liver disease. Liver-related illnesses are estimated to affect 6% of the European Union's population (approximately 29 million people) and is reported to be the fifth biggest killer in the EU accounting for at least one in six deaths.

Kevin Murphy, CEO of ExCeL, added:

“The combination of our own expansion programme in 2010 to create London’s first International Convention Centre, ICC London, and unprecedented investment as a result of the Olympics, means we are exceptionally confident about the continued development of East London as a major global centre for conferences and sporting events. We look forward to welcoming EASL.”

The International Liver Congress™ (49th annual congress of EASL) is scheduled to take place from 9-13 April, 2014. Separately, the near-by Olympic Park and Lee Valley has already secured four major sporting events for the next 5 years including 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships, 2013 Cycling Marathon, 2015 European Hockey  Championships, and 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships, with further events in the pipeline. During 2013, ExCeL London is due to hold nine medical industry conferences bringing over 35,000 delegates to the capital.

Notes to Editors

About EASL

EASL (The European Association for the Study of the Liver) is the leading European scientific society involved in promoting research and education in hepatology (the study of liver disease). EASL aims to promote research in the science of liver diseases and to promote the education of physicians and scientists concerning liver diseases. Furthermore, EASL seeks to increase public awareness of liver diseases and their management, whilst also acting as an advisor to European health authorities on liver diseases, the provision of clinical services, and the need for research funding. For further information, please go to www.easl.eu

About London & Partners

London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to business, students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor  of London and a network of commercial partners.

Our remit is to drive leisure and business visitors as well as bidding to secure major events in London, to unlock the  city for overseas businesses who want to set up or expand in London and to promote the capital’s world class universities to international students.

Our intention is to work in partnership with organisations in London and across the world to deliver our goal - that  London be globally recognised as the best big city on earth

For more information visit www.londonandpartners.com

About ExCeL London

ExCeL London is the UK's premier events, exhibitions and conference venue, located in London on a 100-acre site  alongside Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport. Since opening in November 2000, ExCeL London has hosted over 3,500 events including: trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences, sales meetings, product launches, AGMs, associations, gala dinners, award ceremonies, sporting events and religious festivals. More than seven million people from over 200 different countries have visited ExCeL London. ExCeL London was acquired by ADNEC, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in 2008. For further details on London ExCeL please visit www.excel-london.co.uk

Contact

EASL
Jacqui Sisto: +41 22 807 03 64

London ExCeL

Gemma Parkhouse on + 44 (0)20 7069 4739

London & Partners

Toby Hall: +44 (0)20 7234 5710