June 19, 2014 — At its 104th Annual Luncheon today, the San Francisco Travel Association presented its Crystal Bridge Award to American College of Surgeons.
Based in Chicago, the American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. According to American College of Surgeons archives the Clinical Congress has been held in San Francisco 21 times since 1935.
The 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons—one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world—will convene October 26-30, 2014, in San Francisco. The Hilton San Francisco Union Square will serve as the headquarters hotel for the meeting, and Moscone Center will house the scientific panel sessions and postgraduate courses, as well as all scientific poster presentations and technical exhibits.
Like many medical meetings they are currently on a five-year rotation to San Francisco. Almost 14,000 delegates are expected to attend the 2014 meeting with a total economic impact of approximately $45,717,996 according to San Francisco Travel. American College of Surgeons is currently holding future dates through 2029 at Moscone Center.
Felix Niespodziewanski, director, Convention and Meetings, American College of Surgeons, in taped remarks at the luncheon noted that “… successfully planning and executing city wide meetings requires a strong partnership between the organization sponsoring the meeting and the host city. I really can’t think of a partner who is more responsive to our needs than the team at San Francisco Travel and the entire San Francisco hospitality community.
“It is clear our attendees enjoy returning to SFO as evidenced by your continued position as our number #1 attendance destination,” he added.
Now in its fifth year, the award is presented annually to honor major convention customers that bring outstanding events with significant impact for San Francisco. Past awards have been presented to American Bar Association, American Geophysical Union, Oracle and Salesforce.com.
“San Francisco draws a number of medical conventions and within that community American College of Surgeons is one of the most prestigious. We are grateful that they are a loyal customer and show that over and over again in their choice of San Francisco for their annual meetings,” said John Reyes, San Francisco Travel executive vice president and chief sales officer.
More than 1,100 people attended the luncheon at Moscone West, 800 Howard St., on June 19, 2014.
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