With 33% of exhibitors new for 2016 and a further 26% increasing the size of their stands, exhibitor commitment is already significantly higher than 2015. In particular, The Meetings Show has responded to research that highlights the primary reason for buyer attendance is the sourcing of new suppliers, by developing a comprehensive exhibitor list that includes many not previously seen in the UK.
“UK meetings and events buyers have made it clear that they want to see leading venues, hotel chains and suppliers from domestic and international destinations. With so many exhibitors in one room we are ensuring buyers succeed in their search for new suppliers,” comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director. “Our show includes exhibitors that buyers quite simply cannot see at any other large scale event in the UK, allowing them the chance to be more productive and achieve more.”
With a clearly defined floor plan, designed to maximise efficiency and clarity, exhibitors using The Meetings Show as a key part of their sales and marketing activity in the UK include:
- International destinations such as: Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, Atout France, Austrian National Tourist Office, Dubai Corporation For Tourism And Commerce Marketing LLC, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, Turkish Culture And Tourism Office and Visit Denmark.
- Domestic destinations including: Liverpool Vision, London & Partners, Sheffield Convention Bureau, VisitBrighton and VisitScotland.
- Leading hotel chains: Accor Hotels, Carlson Rezidor, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Millennium & Copthorne Reservations Ltd, Morgans Hotel Group, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Wyndham Hotel Group Europe Ltd.
- UK Venues including: Conference Centres Of Excellence, Celtic Manor Resort, Church House Westminster, Manchester Central, QEII Centre and South Bank Venues.
“We are delighted that so many leading industry names have recognised The Meetings Show as the UK’s premier trade show for meetings and event professionals,” continues Knight. “Our buyers, whether from the UK or abroad are constantly looking for ways to improve their knowledge of the market place and best practice. Our growing exhibitor list and significant education programme will ensure both these needs are met and their time out of the office demonstrates a clear ROI.”
Applications for The Meetings Show’s hosted buyer programme opened in January and are available to those buyers looking for a host of flexible benefits to enhance their on-site experience. A semi-hosted option is also available for London and South East buyers looking to minimise time out of the office.
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.