Visiting Atlanta for the first time for Kidney Week 2013 is American Society of Nephrology (ASN), an organization devoted to the study of kidney disease.
This year’s Kidney Week theme is “Changing the Focus: Innovation and Individualization.” Nephrology professionals worldwide will learn about the latest medical innovations and engage in provocative discussions with experts. The annual meeting will bring 13,000 attendees to the Georgia World Congress Center from Nov. 5-10, and it will generate an economic impact of more than $20 million for the city.
“Atlanta’s robust medical and research communities make the city an attractive destination for medical meetings,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). ”Our ease of access as a gateway city to the U.S. also supports meetings with high international attendance, like Kidney week.”
Medical meetings support Atlanta’s hospitality industry. In 2013, medical-related meetings made up nearly 20 percent of all citywides held in Atlanta. Last year, more than 65 medical groups selected the city as a site for future meetings.
The city’s myriad of hospitals and university research centers, such as Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and University of Georgia, contribute to Atlanta’s appeal as a top medical meetings destination. Atlanta is also home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters, the American Cancer Society headquarters, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospitals.
Celebrating 100 years of hospitality, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.