With a significant increase in domestic exhibitors as well as hotel chains from around the world, The Meetings Show is experiencing a significant expansion in sold floor space ahead of the 2016 show. Whilst nearly 30% of bookings are from new exhibitors, the growth is supported by re-bookings from more than 50 of 2015’s main stand holders.
The growth includes new exhibitors such as: Hyatt Hotels, Melia Hotels, hotel republic, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Oatlands Park Hotel, Sheffield Convention Bureau, Southport Conferences, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, National Conference Centre, Manchester Conference Centre & Hotel, Leicester Racecourse, Eventbrite, Dataflow Events & Conference Badges, Searcys, HireTablets and MSE Meeting and Training Centre.
The growth in the exhibiting hotel providers will be of particular interest to visitors as research undertaken by The Meetings Show identified that 67% of visitors and 89% of hosted buyers were interested in meeting with and sourcing hotels at the 2015 show.
“The response from exhibitors following last year’s show has been fantastic,” comments Steve Knight, Event Director of The Meetings Show. “It is great to see so many new exhibitors looking to make the most of our hosted buyer offering, which is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is however the returning exhibitors such as London & Partners, VisitScotland, Hilton Worldwide, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and Dubai Business Events that give the show true credibility; whilst increases in stand size from the likes of Accor Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the Moroccan National Tourist Office and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority demonstrate our ability to deliver year on year.”
Sheffield Convention Bureau’s Emma France said: “Sheffield is a well-established brand and destination in the UK meetings and events market with superb infrastructure and an impressive offer which has seen Sheffield’s busiest conference calendar since 2007. The Meetings Show has now established itself as the UK’s premier event for developing relationships and doing business with qualified buyers. We expect the show to deliver a significant return on our investment and look forward to the success it will bring us moving forward.”
Searcys Head of Sales Johanna Byrane comments: “As the Searcys portfolio continues to expand its range of high quality venues we are constantly seeking new ways to showcase our facilities and services whilst engaging with buyers in both domestic and international markets. In particular we are looking forward to highlighting the unique venues amongst our portfolio, including the likes of 30 Euston Square and The Gherkin, and the format of scheduled qualified meetings appeals to us so as to make use of our time efficiently.”
Douglas O’Neill, Managing Director of Inntel and a member of The Meetings Show’s Advisory Board, comments: “A successful trade show is reliant on its ability to evolve and innovate, a part of which is the development of new relationships and growth in its exhibitor base. As one of the UK’s largest agencies, delivering meeting, conference, accommodation and travel management solutions, we are constantly seeking new venues, destinations and suppliers to support our events. As long as The Meetings Show continues to deliver new exhibitors, great education and networking opportunities it will be a must attend event for our team.”
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 14-16 June, 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.