Education and Inspiration: Industry and Business Heavyweights to speak at The Meetings Show 2015

meeting show 15 20The Meetings Show is the UK’s premier event for the meetings industry and will take place on the 7th – 9th July 2015 at Olympia, London. Running alongside the exhibition is a series of networking events and an extensive education programme delivered by a wide range of inspiring industry leaders and business heavyweights. The education programme contains more than 80 sessions specifically developed to help professional meeting organisers improve their skills through targeted streams, focused on important areas of the meetings industry.


The healthcare stream has been specifically created by leading healthcare professionals to tackle the particular needs of those organising meetings for this sector. The sessions will be presented by experts from some of the leading healthcare companies and agencies in the UK – including Andrew Winterburn from Ashfield Meetings and Events, Caroline Mackenzie and Lee-Anne Penn from Zibrant, Kerrin Macphie from ACC Liverpool and Amy Dixon from Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, Topics include the future of medical meetings, technology for compliance, working effectively and winning in a strategic procurement environment and how to maximise audience engagement.

Topics to be tackled include tech innovations, wearable tech, hybrid events and beacons and geo-location devices.The technology stream has been created by the Meetings Design Institute and will feature sessions designed to demystify and educate visitors about the latest technology trends that are influencing how meetings are delivered today. Speakers include Maarten Vanneste from the Meetings Design Institute, Erik Peekel from Aaaha Factory and John Martinez who is CEO of Shocklogic.

The Association Meetings Conference has been created to address the specific needs of association meeting and event planners, pcos and amcs  and will be held on Monday 6th July at the QEII Centre, London. Now in its third year, the conference is held on the eve of The Meetings Show and is free to attend for those attending The Meetings Show as hosted buyers.

Being hosted offers an incredibly productive way to visit the show as it removes all the hassle of travel, accommodation and subsistence, allowing buyers to focus on what is most important to them – business, knowledge growth and relationship building. Hosted buyers benefit from:

  • Complimentary travel to London.
  • Complimentary accommodation throughout their stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel.
  • Personalised online diary
  • Official programme transfers including to and from the venue and to networking events.
  • Invitation to the exclusive hosted buyer welcome reception.
  • Invitations to all official networking events organised for the duration of the show.
  • Exclusive access to the dedicated Hosted Buyer lounges with complimentary lunch, refreshments and Wi-Fi.
  • Opportunity to apply for post event tours.

The show is also the place to find out about new venues, destinations and suppliers in the sector. New exhibitors for this year include the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Atout France, Italia Convention Bureau, Krakow Convention Bureau, Marketing Cheshire, Visit Blackpool Conference and Meetings, Wolverhampton City Council, Bournemouth International Centre, CCT Venues, Elite Hotels, Henley Conferences, Robinson College, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and Shire Hotels.

Applications for hosted buyers wishing to benefit from the flexibility and opportunities provided by The Meetings Show is now open:

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