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    Countdown to The Meetings Show: Highlights for busy PAs and EAs

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    The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading show for the meetings, events and incentives community, returns on September 30th  and October 1st , offering PAs and EAs the chance to do business with hundreds of UK and international event suppliers, attend hours of inspirational education sessions and network.

    With less than one week to go until the show opens its doors at ExCeL London (in halls S4 and S5) and many of us busier than ever, we hook out some of the highlights to help PAs and EAs plan their visit.

    Everyone attending can rest assured that The Meetings Show takes the health and safety of all attendees seriously. In addition to following the latest UK government guidance, the show is working closely with ExCeL which has achieved the All Secure Standard. More details can be found here: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/covid-guidance.

    Find the perfect destination and venue
    If you need to find an inspiring location for your company’s next summit, a venue with the latest technology for a hybrid conference or a hotel that can host an innovative away day, head to the show floor.

    Hundreds of event industry suppliers, including destinations, destination management companies, hotels, venues, conference centres and technology suppliers, will be under one roof and ready to talk through options for your next booking.

    Among the hotels and venues exhibiting are the 21-strong Q-Hotels, which has honed its offering to ensure booking an event is as easy as possible, Silverstone International Exhibition and Conference Centre and the recently re-opened ICC Belfast.

    UK destinations at this year’s show include VisitBritain and VisitScotland with many smaller locations such as Liverpool, Leicester, NewcastleGateshead and Brighton also showing what they can offer. International destinations include Conventions Malta, Visit Monaco and Instanbul Conventions Bureau.

    Visit https://www.themeetingsshow.com/2021-exhibitors for the full list.

    Improve your industry knowledge
    The Meetings Show’s new conference and content manager Erica Oghoghorie has curated an education programme that boasts a whopping 40 hours of insightful and informative content.

    To help you find the sessions pertinent to your needs, the programme has been organised into five learning theatres: Innovation and Industry Trends; My Career and Personal Development; Event Marketing; Event Technology and Meeting Design.

    Sessions are also held in a variety of formats – from presentations and workshops to panel discussions. Live sessions include Tips from telly: Can TV production really teach me about events? on 30 September at 11:10am (Main Stage) and Circular food systems: can we eat our way to sustainability on 1 October at 12:30pm (Docklands Stage).

    Ensure you head to the main stage on 1 October at 11:50 to hear the keynote from Driift CEO Ric Salmon, producer of the first virtual Glastonbury – Live at Worthy Farm.

    To see the full programme visit https://www.themeetingsshow.com/2021-education-programme.

    Rub shoulders with the great and the good
    Networking plays a key role in getting ahead in the meetings, events and incentives industry and there will be many opportunities to meet up with industry friends and colleagues over the two days.

    A number of stands, such as Delegate Wranglers (stand TMSC270), will be bringing attendees together over a drink. Find out what’s being planned here: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/the-meetings-show-2021-networking-events

    Make sure you arrive at 9:30 on Thursday 30th to see industry leader – Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston – officially open the show before he takes a tour of the show floor.

    Recognising that some might not be ready to mix as before, the event is running a traffic light system that allows attendees to signify how comfortable they are with social mixing. Green, Yellow and Red stickers will be provided for badges to signal levels of comfort.

    If you haven’t registered already, you can do so here: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register

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