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March 2, 2015

Canada: Vancouver Begins Banner International Convention Year

2015 will be one of Vancouver’s strongest years for international conventions, according to the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver

More than 165,000 out-of-town delegates – 40,000 from outside North America – are expected to visit British Columbia’s capital in 2015. The strong attendance is driven in part by an influx of the world’s leading medical association conventions taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, including the World Congress of Dermatology – the city’s largest medical convention to date. 

"In many cases, we spend years working with local association hosts to bid on and secure these high-level conferences. Banner years like 2015 are a long time coming, and we look forward to celebrating one of our most successful years to date as we open our home to these delegates," says Ty Speer, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver.

Highlights of upcoming 2015 medical conventions – all meeting in Vancouver for the first time – include:
•    World Congress of Dermatology in June (15,000 attendees)
•    International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in July (7,500 attendees)
•    World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in October (7,000 attendees)
•    World Diabetes Congress in November (12,000 attendees)

The Vancouver Convention Centre is expected to host 55 conventions total in 2015/16, as well as a diverse range of events that include consumer and trade shows, banquets, meetings and special events.

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