Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau wins the bid for the 17th ICID

Industry Watch | April 20, 2015 | News

Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau was launched to promote Hyderabad as a major MICE destination, which offers world class infrastructure to handle versatile events. It is a one stop shop for MICE business enquiries and extends assistance to convention organizers in planning and organizing conferences in Hyderabad. It creates a single platform where the business relationships are created between the convention/exhibition buyers and meeting planners for their mutual benefit.

Norman Stein, Executive Director for The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID,) based in Brookline Massachusetts, was on the lookout for a new location for his organization's international congress held every two years and never hosted in the same place twice. Jalil Khan, CEO of HCVB was looking to create additional visibility and clients for the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, India's first purpose-built and state of the art convention facility located in Southern part of the country. The two met at a global trade show in the United States in 2011.

Building on that initial connection, Khan worked tirelessly to put together a coalition between the Hyderabad Tourism Department of the State of Telangana, local government leaders, health care specialists and the HCVB to attract the 17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID.) These efforts eventually landed Hyderabad on the short list of possible destinations to win the event.

Khan's wait and work was rewarded when, despite intense competition from other cities around the globe, Hyderabad was selected to host what is expected to be the world's largest infectious disease conference in 2016 - drawing 3,000+ of the world's leading authorities from more than 100 countries covering a broad range of infectious disease topics. Most recently, ICID held congresses in Cape Town and Bangkok.

The ISID comprises 70,000 members worldwide and organizes the ICID every 2 years. Preparations for the event are now underway. “The enthusiastic support committed by the Hyderabad coalition paired with the overall objectives of the ISID were an unbeatable combination,” said Stein.

HCVB is a one stop shop for MICE business enquiries and extends assistance to convention organizers in planning and organizing conferences in Hyderabad.

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