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Anchorage Wins Scoliosis Research Society Meeting in 2014

Anchorage, Alaska – July 21, 2010 – The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has selected Anchorage, Alaska as the site of their fiftieth annual meeting in 2014.  The meeting is expected to bring 1,300 delegates to Anchorage for seminars, discussion and research on the treatment of spinal deformities.  The SRS meeting runs September 7, 2014 to September 14, 2014, and has an estimated economic impact of over $1.2 million for Anchorage.

This past June, SRS Executive Director Tressa Goulding, meeting planner Nadine Couto, and SRS site selection committee chair Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei had a chance to visit Anchorage and explore the city.  Teeing off at 9 p.m., Dr. Boachie-Adjei played the Anchorage Golf Course during his stay, and the city, hotels, and the Dena’ina Center all exceeded his expectations.

This will be the Scoliosis Research Society’s 50th Annual Meeting.  Founded in 1966, the group is dedicated to research, education and the advancement of medical treatments for spinal deformities. The SRS membership includes some the world's leading spine surgeons, researchers, physician assistants and orthotists in the field of spinal deformities.  The meeting win represents years of hard work.  Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention Sales Manager Andrea Schmidt first met with representatives of the SRS at a sales luncheon in 2008.

“Medical groups can be tricky to book; these surgeons have very busy schedules,” said Schmidt.  “But the surgeons in SRS belong to other professional groups and are drawn from around the world. It’s exciting to think about the future business this could generate as well.”

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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