Part of the effort to upgrade its tourism, since 1996 Kos has been a
member of the European Network "Federation of Conference Towns" seeking a
share not only of the domestic market in so-called Congress Tourism but also
of the international market.
Being the birthplace of the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, during that same year it organized the 1st Medical Olympiad worldwide in parallel with the 35th Medical History Congress at the International Hippocrates Foundation on Kos which has a congress centre, Hippocratic Library and Medical Museum. The Foundation is located near the Asklepion.
Overall Kos has around 8,000 congress seats many of which are scattered between its large hotel complexes. Kos has a satisfactory infrastructure in conjunction with a charming natural environment, mild climate conditions and ease of access by air thus rendering it an ideal location for congress tourism.