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MaltaISSUE 65 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / 89through a strategic partnership between the Malta Tourism Authority and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses. The main conference took place in the MCC, with an opening ceremony in the MFCC and one of the meetings at the Hilton Malta The Fetal Medicine Foundation conference (see case study, right) was held during the first week of July 2011 and brought 1,500 medical professionals to Malta from 80 countries. It generated ?1.3m for the local economy. What's new?Recent developments across the archipelago include a new venue Below: Upper Barrakka Cannon SaluteThe conference was the largest ever held on the islands and generated an estimated ?8m for the local economy. ABTA, the Travel Conference of the Association of British Travel Agents, was held in October 2010 and brought 800 UK agents and 200 travel trade journalists to Malta The European Tourism Forum was held in November 2010 and brought 250 delegates to the islands AS Voyages was a conference for a French travel agency held in December 2010 and attended by 700 delegates The International Council of Nurses was held in May 2011 and brought 2,300 delegates from 127 countries. This event was hosted Event: The 10th World Congress of Fetal Medicine Dates: 26-30 June 2011 Congress Centre: Hilton MaltaDelegates: 1,500 The Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) is a charitable organisation created in London in 1995. It aims to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies through research and training.The 10th World Congress was organised by local DMC Alpine Sterling, which programmed a Speakers' Dinner for 100 delegates at La Dolce Vita, St Julian's, and an opening evening social function at the Merkanti Beach Club, Hilton Malta.Another social function on 28 June was held at the Limestone Heritage Park, Siggiewi, for 1,300 delegates.There was an evening tour of Valetta for 600 delegates who had the opportunity to attend the largest free open air concert in Europe, the Isle of MTV concert held at the Fossos just outside the Main City Gate.Alpine Sterling's MD Warren Zahra admits there were anxious moments because the brief had preceded without time for the organiser to check out the venues: "We were trusted, without a site visit, to produce a fi nal evening dinner out in an old quarry, now a park. We lit it up with waterfalls and a DJ and really put our reputation on the line. The stand out moment was when the association's founder, a professor, praised the 2011 event as 'the best ever'."Case StudyDelegates visiting the Maltese Islands in 2010MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY73,000