Nearly 3000 of the world’s brightest minds in hepatology converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) this week for a conference set to inject $7.2 million into the local economy.

Delegates of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) come from across the globe to deliberate on improved health care outcomes for people with liver disease.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the four-day conference, which commenced on Tuesday, formed part of a jam-packed calendar of business events for Brisbane in the lead-up to the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit from November 15-16.

“A conference like APASL 2014 is yet another indication that Brisbane is considered as an important hub in the medical and life sciences research sphere.

The BCEC and Brisbane will also host the International Conference for Tropical Medicine and Malaria in 2016, which is set to attract 3000 delegates and bring an estimated $9 million into the economy.”

Cr Quirk congratulated all involved in securing the conference, including Brisbane Marketing’s Convention Bureau, the BCEC and the Brisbane hotels who will host APASL 2014 delegates.

Brisbane Marketing chief, John Aitken, said 2014 continued to be an exceptional year for bid wins, with a brimming agenda for the Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau and its partners.

“The bureau, together with Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, plays a vital role in securing business events for Brisbane and is focused on attracting conferences that align with the city’s strengths, providing an opportunity for us to showcase our expertise in these fields.”

Similarly, BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said Brisbane’s world-class infrastructure and accessibility positioned the city as a leading destination for high-profile meetings and events.

“An event like APASL 2014 is hugely advantageous to the city of Brisbane economically and allows us to showcase our venue for the unique event space that it is.

“As the principal venue for the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit there is little doubt that the BCEC is recognised at the forefront of excellence in the meetings industry on a global scale.”