The Meetings Show prepares for biggest show to date

02 Jul 2015

The Meetings Show is set to achieve growth across all parts of the show when it opens its doors for the third time on Tuesday next week.

  • Hosted buyers are up 20% to 868 and counting
     
  • A 27% increase in hosted buyers attending from the UK
     
  • More than 11,000 pre booked appointments are expected to take place
     
  • Registrations at the Association Meetings Conference have grown by 49%
     
  • The size (floor space) of the show has increased by more than 10%
     
  • More than 600 exhibiting organisations will be in attendance

“This is the biggest hosted buyer programme the UK has ever seen,” comments The Meetings Show’s Event Director, Steve Knight. “We have seen growth across all parts of the show and look forward to delivering a fantastic event at Olympia next week. The show is once again built on strong education, networking and business opportunities and we expect to see high attendance from all parts of the industry including corporate meeting planners, agencies, associations, public sector, PAs and not for profit organisations.”

“Our decision to offer a flexible approach to hosted buyer attendance is paying dividends. More than half of our buyers have opted to attend the show for two nights, giving them more time to meet exhibitors, learn and conduct business. In turn this equates to the equivalent of around 400 extra buyers attending more than 3,000 extra appointments.”

Exhibitors at The Meetings Show are also benefiting from the opportunity to take part in a Destination Showcase. Taking place throughout the show alongside the education programme, these sessions are an opportunity for destinations to present together in workshop style to demonstrate their offering to the buyers and visitors in a non-competitive and succinct way.

Visitors can still register to attend the 2015 show taking place from Tuesday 7th July to Thursday 9th July via www.themeetingsshow.com or onsite at Olympia London.  Highlights include corporate, healthcare, meetings design and technology education streams as well as extensive networking and new business opportunities.

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

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The Meetings Show - Overview / Notes to Editors.

In less than 50 words
The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc) and taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

In under 100 words
The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc) and taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education. The hosted buyer programme – the largest in the UK – will attract buyers from the corporate, association, agency and public sectors. The show will feature destinations from over 50 countries across 6 continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.

In detail
The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc) and taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education. The hosted buyer programme – the largest in the UK – will attract buyers from the corporate, association, agency and public sectors. The show will feature destinations from over 50 countries across 6 continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.

The Meetings Show team is headed up by Event Director Steve Knight – a well known and highly respected figure within the meetings industry.

The Show includes:

The Exhibition: Featuring destinations, venues, hotels and suppliers, the exhibition sits at the heart of The Meetings Show. 

The Conference: Planned by education experts from across the industry, the conference will be timed so that the sessions work in harmony with the exhibition and in excess of 10,000 meetings taking place on the floor. The full programme will be unveiled nearer the show but will include topics such as ROI of meetings, strategic meetings management, economic impact, meetings architecture, hybrid meetings, association management, destination marketing and industry trends.

Networking: All five nights of the show, starting on Sunday 5th July will feature networking events across London’s latest and most exciting venues.  For those looking to see more after the show has closed there will also be fam trips visiting key regional destinations around the UK.

Association Conference: For meeting organisers in the association sector, an association conference on Monday 6th July is a must attend opportunity to learn, meet and network with peers.

The Meetings Show has an Advisory Board that meets several times a year both in person and virtually, bringing together their wealth of experience, ideas and strategic understanding of the meetings industry. 

W: www.themeetingsshow.com
T: @MeetingsShow

For further press information please contact Adam Baggs or Sarah Carless of Soaring Worldwide – adam@soaringww.com   sarah@soaringww.com