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Dublin helps ISTH smash attendance record

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) smashed its previous highest attendance record for a standalone meeting by 54 per cent when it met in Dublin recently.

The organisation held its 64th Annual Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) Meeting from July 18-21, 2018, at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland.

Figures just in confirm 3,100 international clinicians, researchers, educators, and healthcare professionals, attended the meetings – trouncing the record set in Montpellier two years ago.

Organisers had anticipated closer to 1,800 delegates.

This year’s meeting also attracted 58 per cent more abstracts submissions, 52 per cent more exhibitors, increased its sold exhibition floor space by 57 per cent and featured 30 per cent more corporate symposia than in any previous ISTH SSC stand-alone meeting.

Lisa Astorga, director of meetings, ISTH, cited several reasons for the success.

“The organisation has worked diligently to improve the overall attendee and exhibitor experience, implementing changes that create better scientific discourse, more networking and overall a stronger return-on-objective and return-on-investment for participants and industry partners alike,” she said. “In addition, Dublin was the ideal destination as an outstanding business tourism city that also offers a state-of-the art convention centre and a quality infrastructure that allows organisations to focus on providing the value-add.”

Fáilte Ireland supported meeting chair Dermot Cox in his bid to bring the event to Dublin, through its Conference Ambassador Programme.

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“Three out of four international association conferences that come to Ireland do so at the direct invitation of a local Irish member or host, something which Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland maximises through our Conference Ambassador programme,” said Paul Mockler, head of commercial development, Failte Ireland. “The work and dedication of conference ambassadors like Dermot, supported by our own Business Tourism team, delivers a real economic benefit to this country – with this event alone worth over €5m.”

Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD, said: “We were delighted to host ISTH SSC 2018 and to work with the team, Conference Partners and the Local Ambassador, Dermot Cox, Associate Professor, RCSI.” He added, “It is a real testament to the attractiveness of Dublin city as a conference destination that the numbers increased so greatly and we were thrilled to be part of such a successful event.”

ISTH partnered with congress organiser Conference Partners International to provide a host of on-the-ground and onsite services to organize the successful event.

ISTH SSC 2018 was also the last SSC stand-alone meeting as the ISTH transitions to a yearly congress format starting in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.