The Meetings Show attendance 11 per cent higher than 2018

The Meetings Show has announced 2019 to be its most successful year to date with an 11 per cent increase in visitor attendance.

The show ran between Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia, London and hosted more than 5,000 meetings and event professionals, including 900 hosted buyers. Records also show that there was a 14 per cent increase in visitors attending for both days opposed to only one.

Group event director David Chapple said: “I am over the moon with how well the event has gone this year. The show has become an integral part of the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, bringing together professionals from around the world to meet, learn, network and do business.

“Being at the heart of the industry, we are in a unique position to address the challenges it faces and offer support through a first-class education programme and knowledge exchange, and feedback on the show floor was overwhelmingly positive.”

The show has also reported its highest ever number of pre-scheduled appointments between hosted buyers and exhibitors at 12,077. The show’s success was reflected in the number of rebookings made by exhibitors for the 2020 show. Year-on-year rebookings have increased by 45 per cent.

Luke Elliott from ICC Belfast said: “The Meetings Show has been really useful for leads, our pre-scheduled appointments have been really worthwhile. The buyers are good quality, there haven’t been any timewasters, it’s all genuine business, and the walk-ons we’ve had have been really great too. The show is great for bringing the industry together, and we will definitely be back next year.”

This success of this year’s show can also be partly attributed to the interesting educational programme that ran across both days. The programme offered attendees educational talks and presentations from industry experts on topics such as sustainability and technology in the meetings and events industry.

There was also a much-needed “relaxation-zone” which offered complimentary massages to tired attendees.

The Meetings Show 2020 will take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June, to find out more click here.