Istanbul, as being the World’s Top 10 Convention Destination, hosted around 130 international conventions with 75.864 delegates in 2014 (ICCA) and over 20% of them were Medical. By the end of November 2015, Istanbul welcomed over 40.000 delegates and almost 45% of the delegates were part of Medical Conferences.
One of the important reason of this success is that the number of school of medicines. Istanbul is home to 17 faculty of medicine in its 53 universities to name a few; Istanbul University and Marmara University as being the most important universities in this field. Istanbul’s medical infrastructure also includes 233 hospitals with 32K bed capacity which all makes Istanbul a unique meeting point for Medical Conferences.
“The numbers in 2016 seems even higher. Istanbul have already confirmed 47 international congresses for 2016 and figures shows that 40% of the delegates will be part of medical congresses,” said General Manager of Istanbul CVB, Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz.
“We are expecting for the figures to be much higher in coming months. We are pleased with the quantity and quality of the medical congresses that we held and will be hosting. Just to name few this year we hosted Association for the Study of the Liver -APASL Meeting with 4.000 delegates, European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation –EBMT with again 4.000 delegates. For the upcoming years, we are excited to be hosting the European Society of Cardiology with approx. 2.000 delegates, WFNS World Congress of Neurosurgery with 8.000 delegates and World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery –WPCCS with over 3.000 delegates. As Istanbul CVB, we are aiming to have stronger collaborations with local medical associations and strengthen our position by hosting even more medical congresses in our city,” added Mrs. Yavuz.
Turkey is now the 6th Top Medical Tourism Destination in the world. Hundreds of thousands of foreign patients each year are now travelling to receive a treatment in private hospitals in Turkish cities, especially in Istanbul. From eye surgery to dental treatment, plastic surgery to hair transplant, Istanbul’s medical infrastructure, includes 233 hospitals with 32K bed capacity. Joint Commission International’s (JCI) accredited 29 hospitals which equals to 4% of all JCI accredited health care organizations in the world which are operating in Istanbul including Acibadem Hospital and MedicalPark Hospital.