Copenhagen hosts biggest-ever congress

As many as 20,000 attendees flood the city
Some 20,000 scientists, doctors and specialists from more than 130 countries have gathered in the Danish capital to seek ways to improve the quality of care for cancer patients. It is the largest congress of its kind ever hosted in Denmark.
Not only is the European Society for Medical Oncology congress ESMO 2016 the largest congress of its kind ever hosted on Danish soil, this year will break records for being the busiest congress year Copenhagen has ever seen, with a total of more than 100,000 delegates in 2016.
ESMO 2016 is taking place from October 7 to 11, in Bella Center, which is billed as the biggest convention centre in Scandinavia.
“This year we play host to an extraordinarily high number of congresses in general and within the life science area in specific,” said Jonas Wilstrup, convention director at the convention bureau Wonderful Copenhagen.
“With close to 20,000 delegates, ESMO is both the largest life science congress this year, and the largest congress of its kind ever hosted in the Danish capital and we are very pleased to accommodate this important congress.”
The bureau says that in Copenhagen’s favour for attracting such large-scale events is that it is located in a major knowledge area with 10 universities, 165,000 students and 16,000 scientist and researchers. The city has been in the top 20 on both ICCA’s and UIA’s lists of the world’s most popular convention cities for decades.
The greater Copenhagen region now has more than 22,000 hotel rooms. When accommodating congresses like ESMO, the fixed link to neighbouring Sweden also comes in handy, with an additional 10,000 rooms in a radius of 1.5 hours’ drive from Copenhagen City Hall.
TTG Nordic