The only UK event offering a fully-hosted buyer programme that brings hundreds of top-level buyers into London. Credit: The Meetings Show
LONDON - The Meetings Show - due to take place from 24-25 June - is being postponed to the autumn. The UK's leading exhibition for event and meetings professionals will now be held from 19-20 October at Olympia London.
Over the last few weeks, The Meetings Show team has held extensive talks with key industry representatives, exhibitors, visitors, partners and associations, and its host venue, to make an informed decision about this year's show.
Mr Jack Marczewski, event director, said: "The Meetings Show team has been working tirelessly to find the right solution for all those involved in the show that traditionally features destinations from over 50 countries across six continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.
"We've spent a lot of time engaging with our valued stakeholders, and, following their feedback, and consultation with our advisory board members last week, we are determined to try and facilitate and offer a solution in October to enable event and meetings professionals to still meet and help stimulate and support the recovery of our sector.
"We are, of course, closely monitoring developments and the evolving Government advice on social distancing and will continue to do so as we formalise plans for the show. The health and wellbeing of everyone involved in, and visiting the show, has been, and will continue to be, at the heart of any plans being made.
"We will continue to keep an honest, open dialogue with our exhibitors, visitors and other stakeholders and inform them of any updates."
Launched in 2013, the show welcomes more than 750 exhibitors from the UK and around the world including hotels, luxury hotels, destinations, DMCs, conference centres, venues and technology suppliers.
It is the only UK event offering a fully-hosted buyer programme and it brings hundreds of top-level buyers into London for two focussed days of business.
In 2019 it saw over 12,000 pre-scheduled meetings taking place on the show floor. Since its inception, the show has gone from strength to strength and now brings together over 5,000 meeting and event professionals ranging from agency buyers, in-house planners, associations planners, media and anyone with a genuine interest in the industry.
Its international Advisory Board meets twice yearly to shape the show's direction and content and it also receives support and partnership from many major industry associations.
The Meetings Show is now part of the Northstar Meetings Group, who have recently expanded to the UK, adding CAT Media to their global portfolio of events and publications.