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Philippe Neyret, chirurgien orthopédique et traumatologique, professeur d’université et porteur de projet pour le congrès de l’ISAKOS

ISAKOS congress: a warm Lyonnais welcome

Philippe Neyret, orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, University Professor and project promoter for the ISAKOS Congress

In the summer of 2015, Lyon hosted the Congress of ISAKOS, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, bringing together 4,000 prestigious experts of 119 nationalities. Review of Lyon's hosting capacity.

How was Lyon chosen to organise this Congress?

We started to prepare the candidature of Lyon in 2009 with the City and the Lyon Convention Bureau. There were 26 other European cities contending, then 11, then 2: Paris and Munich. We were very proud to be selected because the Congress changes continents every 2 years. The next European event will therefore take place in 8 years' time!

What arguments tipped the balance in favour of Lyon? 

First, the city is renowned for its expertise on knee surgery, and the hosting project was appealing: the  Cité Internationale , Lyon's infrastructure and the programme.
We also had strong partners: the  Lyon Convention Bureau , the City and our provider,  GL Events . 

What reception features were implemented?

Tremendous work was accomplished by the Lyon Convention Bureau and the City to manage the transport and accommodation of the 4,000 delegates. It was essential to ensure smooth running of the event. In partnership with the Lyon Convention Bureau, we also published a booklet recommending good gourmet restaurants. We also organised evening events, including an opening cocktail function and guided tours of Lyon.

What are the benefits of such an event for the city?

The Congress lasted 5 days, but the visitors from 119 countries took the opportunity to take a few days off and discover Lyon and its region. Our event was attended by 4,000 leading surgeons with strong purchasing power: hotels, gourmet restaurants and luxury shops clearly benefited from their presence in the city. For the economy and the reputation of Lyon, it is a very important event and feedback from the delegates about our city is excellent. They loved Lyon and especially its great gourmet addresses! 

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