Published on : Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) have today announced that the European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) Congress will be coming to Glasgow in 2018.
The bid was led by the British Association for the Surgery of the Knee, GCMB and the SECC; with support from the UK and Glasgow orthopedic community and local ambassadors ranging from the NHS to the National Stadium Sports Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park, in Glasgow.
The highly influential event will see more than 3,000 delegates travelling from across the world for the four-day conference injecting a £4 million economic boost into local hotels, restaurants, bars, hotels and other city businesses.
“We’re delighted to have taken the decision to bring our premier Congress to Glasgow and the SECC. The team’s enthusiasm and professionalism was evident and gave us the feeling that anything was possible in the city,” commented Zhanna Kovalchuk, Executive Director at ESSKA. “I’m confident the team will be a valuable partner in helping us meet our objectives for the event and to grow both the delegation and the wider influence of our association.”
“The feedback we received from ESSKA was incredibly positive and reflected the partnership we have within the city and between ourselves and GCMB,” commented Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SECC. “It’s another great association event, ideal for our venue, and it will make the most of the space and facilities we have.”
“This win is testimony to the fantastic partnership working that exists between the different partners across our conventions sector, from the SECC, to orthopedic experts in Glasgow and the UK, ranging from NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde to the National Stadium Sports Health and Injury Clinic based at Hampden Park,” commented Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. “This partnership working is what our clients recognise and appreciate.”
The win was confirmed at the ESSKA Congress in Amsterdam (May 14) and marks the event’s first return to the UK since 2000 when the meeting was held in London. Other previous hosts have included Amsterdam, Geneva, Athens, Rome and Porto, with Barcelona set to host the next congress. The meeting will then move to Glasgow in 2018 under the Presidency of Prof Romain Seil, from Luxembourg.