Bristol welcomes MEET South West show for a second year

The MEET South West show, the only dedicated meetings industry event that is held in the south-west region, is returning to Bristol for a second year.

Following the success of the show in January 2019, MEET South West will be held again on Friday 31 January 2020. Next year’s event is expected to be even bigger than the inaugural show and will move to a bigger venue, Mercure Bristol Grand, to accommodate more attendees.

“Over half of our 2019 delegates control an annual budget of more than £250,000. They’re looking for inspiration and practical advice they can implement to make their events even more engaging and increase their return on investment,” said Thomas Heiser, co-founder of MEET South West.

“With 100 per cent of our 2019 delegates reporting that they would recommend MEET South West to their colleagues, we have the makings for another must-attend event for event managers based in the region or those from further afield looking to bring their events to the South West.”

The show will welcome professionals from every sector of the meetings industry including those who work in the incentive market. According to data collected from last year’s event, of the guests who attended last year’s Meet South West Show, 59 per cent of them handle an event budget of more than £250,000, 55 per cent organise more than 12 events a year and 46 per cent organise events for more than 100 people.

Alongside a programme of educational sessions hosted throughout the day, attendees will also be encouraged to pre-plan appointments with some of the 80 exhibitors at the show.

Chances to network are available throughout the day, with a dedicated networking drinks event for all attendees between 4pm and 6pm.

Michael Oates, general manager of Mecure Bristol Grand said: “We are delighted that the Mercure Bristol Grand will host MEET South West 202o. This is a great opportunity to really excite the industry, network and create a forum for new business.”

You can find out more information on how to exhibit or attend the MEET South West show here.