The Meetings Show delivers high quality buyers, education and networking
Following more than 6,000 appointments, 190 education sessions and a host of networking events across London, The Meetings Show has been hailed a success by both exhibitors and buyers.
The Meetings Show’s Event Director, Steve Knight commented: “Both our exhibitors and Hosted Buyers have been extremely happy with this year’s event. Every exhibitor had appointments and many took enquiries and received RFPs on site. In particular exhibitors commented on the fact that the buyers were not just high quality but also new buyers they had not previously been in contact with.”
Juliet Howie from NH Hotels said: “It’s been very successful. We’ve had over a million Euros worth of enquiries so we are very pleased. We’ve had a lot of Hosted Buyers visit the stand. The quality of buyers has been very, very high quality so that has been good for us.”
Knight continues: “Our unaudited figures suggest the show received approximately 3,600 attendees, whilst not quite the figure we originally hoped for, in the eyes of our exhibitors it was made up for by the volume of appointments and the fact that so many Hosted Buyers extended their time at The Meetings Show to two days. Our commitment to the delivery of a high quality show has never wavered, demonstrated by the fact that our investment in the Hosted Buyer programme was not cut despite changing numbers. We are committed to this show for the long run, we will continue to grow numbers and deliver an even bigger event. We have already had exhibitors confirm their intention to return in 2014 with several organisations significantly increasing their stand to accommodate more partners.”
Highlights of the show included an Association Conference at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre; Keynotes from thought leaders Paul Bridle and Maarten Vanneste; the launch of the UKEIS; networking events including a welcome event organised in partnership with London & Partners at Ledenhall Market, the Oysters Summer Party and Manchester Live; and as The Meetings Show closed on Thursday more than 50 Hosted Buyers departed on fam trips to Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Brussels, Jersey and Liverpool.
Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton’s Convention Bureau Manager, said: "It was a brilliant show. I was impressed by the quality and quantity of buyers. I have a folder full of enquiries and if the show ended on day 1, I would have achieved real value for money. I am sure that in year two the profile of the show will have grown and will attract even more Hosted Buyers."
Hosted Buyer - Amanda Quinn, Event Manager, Stryker: “The company I work for organises a lot of training events, but they stick to the same places. The main reason for coming to The Meetings Show was to get information on new venues in the UK so I can report back to my managers about different places to consider. And it’s been extremely successful. It’s one of the best meetings shows that I have been to. Everybody has been friendly, upbeat and enthusiastic. The Hosted Buyer experience has been fantastic. It makes it easier and takes the pressure off getting to the show. It’s convenient and you have somebody looking after you. The quality of exhibitors is very high and exactly what I was looking for. There are a few places I didn’t have appointments with that I’ve also had a chance to meet with too.”
Hosted Buyer - Catarina Olim, Portuguese Speech and Language Therapist Association: “I think an event like this is the best way to travel around Europe – I’ve seen a lot of countries here, I’ve seen what they have to offer and I can manage my time at an event like this. Its very well organised – the stands, the space – we’re very well looked after!”
For more information, please contact Adam Baggs at Soaring Worldwide: 0845 371 7077 or Adam@soaringww.com