The Meetings Show UK has opened applications for its Hosted Buyer programme – the first of its kind in the UK. Hosted Buyer applications join Trade Visitor and Press registrations, which are already open via the show’s website www.themeetingsshow.com
The Meetings Show UK, Event Director, Steve Knight: “The Meetings Show UK is the industry’s most anticipated event of the year. It is focussed purely on meetings and incentives – if this is your business you will find exhibitors that you want to see. ”
Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show UK will provide a much needed meeting place, market place and professional education resource for the UK inbound and UK outbound meetings industry. The exhibitor line up includes major domestic and international destinations, hotel groups, DMCs, venues and meetings industry suppliers, supported by a dedicated association conference and extensive education and networking opportunities.
Qualified Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to schedule meetings with organisations relevant to their business, whilst benefiting from a personalised and funded travel experience; complimentary bed and breakfast at a 4/5*hotel; transportation to Olympia from host hotels and networking venues; as well as a choice of Hosted Buyer lounges complete with business centre and Wi-Fi. Buyers can apply individually or as part of a group brought together by the show’s partners and exhibitors. Group co-ordinators already confirmed are detailed below.
The Meetings Show UK, Event Director, Steve Knight: “The waiting is over… applications are open… Our show is this year’s must attend event for the meetings and incentives industry – whether you work for a corporate, agency, PCO, association, not for profit or the public sector.”
“Flexibility is the key for us. If buyers want to come down to the show from Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or mainland Europe, we make it easy. We provide flights or train travel and take care of the accommodation in London as well as transport from the host hotels to our venue (the newly refurbished Olympia Exhibition Centre) ensuring a hassle free experience. All the buyers need to do is attend eight appointments with exhibitors of their choice for each day they are at the show, this will not be a problem when they see the vast range of exhibitors, which is growing daily and viewable on our website. Alternatively, if buyers want to come as a traditional visitor and walk the show, we have that option too.”
“Our one-to-one appointment system provides Hosted Buyers with the perfect reason to attend. They choose for themselves who to meet and all appointments are pre-scheduled so no time is wasted.”
Whilst trade visitors are able to register directly to attend The Meetings Show UK, Hosted Buyers need to apply and be individually qualified as genuine buyers. Hosted Buyer applications are reviewed by a team of expert qualifiers, who review details such as the number and size of meetings organised, annual budgets, purchasing authority, seniority and future business opportunities.
Leading organisations committed to bringing high quality, qualified buyers to The Meetings Show UK include:
- Hotel chains and venues including Guoman Thistle, H10 Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Puma Hotels, EC&O Venues
- Destinations, DMCs and their UK representatives including London & Partners, Destinations Unlimited, Mags Worldwide, Om DMC, Moulden Marketing
- These are supported by a select group of professional qualifiers, associations and co-ordinators that include high profile organisations and individuals such as HelmsBriscoe, Azimuth, Jonathan Gomez, Watterston Associates, Team Vazquez International, Saleslink Marketing, HNS Conseil, Venue Guru International, BSI – Capita, Vine Tree Connections and EFAPCO.
The Meetings Show UK’s inaugural event will take place during week commencing 8th July, 2013 at Olympia, London. A full list of exhibitors is available at http://www.themeetingsshow.com/en/visit/exhibitorlist.aspx