The Meetings Show, the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, was held 14-16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals, this year’s event has seen an 11% increase in unique visitors and a 2.5% increase in hosted buyers.
The event welcomed close to 5,000 industry professionals for three days of business, networking and education. The 3,203 unique visitors included 845 hosted buyers from a wide range of agencies, corporates, associations, charities and the public sector.
As part of the show’s growth it has also seen a 10% increase in UK based hosted buyers.
Attendance at the Association Meetings Conference also saw an increase with 105 delegates, focused on the planning and management of association meetings, attending the one day conference.
Paul Szomoru, NewcastleGateshead Initiative: “Every time I have looked around the stand people have been having really good appointments and there has been some really good conversations. All of our partners have managed to promote themselves and the North East of England. We have seen lots of enquiries, we have been very, very happy with the people we have met, the conversations we have had and we will be going home with a really good number of enquiries that we hope are going to be confirming in the near future.”
Steen Jakobsen, Dubai Business Events: “It is the biggest stand that we have had in the four years that The Meetings Show has been running and it has been really good for Dubai. We have had 18 partners with us and altogether we have had more than 350 meetings with hosted buyers, with good business flowing from that. We have seen so many strong enquiries and I think we will see many more in the coming weeks and months."
Dana Lewis, AccorHotels: “We have had a really successful three days and we’ve had lots of appointments on the stand. We have had a lot of UK and international buyers and the variety has been very good. We have had a lot of enquiries and our hotels have been very impressed in the quality of the briefs coming through.”
Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show will take place 13-15 June, 2017 at Olympia, London.