The Meetings Show returns to Olympia London for second year

Olympia London is delighted to host the Meetings Show for the second year running.  Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show takes place on 8-10 July 2014 at Olympia London, which is Destination Partner for the event.

The major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry takes place at the Conference Centre and level One of Olympia West and Olympia Central. The Conference Centre, shortlisted for Best Mid-Sized Conference Venue Customer Service at the upcoming Conference Awards, will be the event’s Education hub, presenting leading industry keynotes, seminars and Meet the Expert round tables. Providing a quiet focus point away from the busy exhibition show room floors, the Conference Centre is ideally suited for the industry’s brain trust to debate key issues and concerns. Within the same venue, the interconnected spaces of Olympia West and Olympia Central will play host to 400 exhibiting companies, allowing visitors to quickly and efficiently meet stakeholders including major domestic and international destinations, venues, hotel groups, trade associations and suppliers.

A unique feature of The Meetings Show is the Hosted Buyer Programme, bringing together buyers from the corporate, association, agency and public sectors. Destinations exhibiting in 2014 include: Dubai, Norway, Turkey and Portugal on the international side with domestic representation from Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Scotland. More than 6,740 pre-scheduled appointments took place through the hosted buyer programme in 2013 and Centaur expects this figure will rise to more than 10,000 this year.

Anna Golden commented: “We are proud that The Meetings Show has selected Olympia London for the second year running, demonstrating how well the venue works for an international audience, being moments away from Heathrow airport and set in a vibrant central London location. It is also hugely encouraging for the events sector as a whole that there are now two differentiated events for the meetings industry, with Confex staged at Olympia this March. This is reflective of a growing industry, which contributes £58.4bn to UK GDP, according to MPI's UK Economic Impact Study revealed at last year’s Meeting Show.”

Steve Knight, Event Director of The Meetings Show, commented: “Olympia London is one of the UK’s most versatile venues. The conference centre in particular is a fantastic facility, adding significant value to our education offering. Olympia london is superbly located, with excellent domestic and international transport links, which makes a difference to our visitor’s decision to attend.  Our second show, later this year will once again make use of the venue’s wide variety of spaces and we look forward to delivering a high impact, industry focused event.”

Notes to editors

About Olympia London

Olympia London is more than an exhibition venue, conference centre and live-event space. It’s an inspiration. Against a backdrop of grand Victorian architecture, the seven connected spaces inspire engagement and enjoyment.

The recent £30 million redevelopment of Olympia West and Central has provided the venue with new-found flexibility for events of every size, bringing modern facilities and British heritage together.

Olympia London presently operates alongside Earls Court, with shared staff and values. Together our businesses are recognised in the industry for exceptional levels of customer service and support, and our numerous awards are testament to our clients' satisfaction.

About The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show is a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, organised by Centaur Exhibitions and taking place 8-10 July 2014 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 six continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.

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For further information please contact:
Belinda Liversedge, Communications Manager, Earls Court and Olympia / (0)20 7370 8838