Atlanta, home to 50 hospitals and several university research centers, is becoming increasingly popular for medical industry gatherings. Last year, more than 65 groups chose the metro area for future meetings and conferences, representing the largest number of rooms booked since 2008.

This March, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) brings more than 4,000 HIV/AIDS researchers to Atlanta. In 2018, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) Annual Meeting and OTO Expo will bring an estimated 9,000 attendees to town. Both are being held in Atlanta for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo had decided to return to Atlanta in 2014 and 2022 for the first time since 1999.

Among the metro area’s hospitals are Emory University and its many satellites, Northside Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, DeKalb Medical Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, considered the third-best pediatric hospital in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is on the Emory campus and the American Cancer Society is based in the city’s Midtown district.