The Meetings Show’s highly flexible semi-hosted buyer option is expected to increase in size as UK buyers – particularly those from Greater London with busy schedules – use it to guarantee that time out of the office meeting international and domestic suppliers is as productive and successful as possible.
The semi-hosted buyer option, which includes on-site hospitality, access to exclusive networking events and free entry to the Association Meetings Conference for those working with associations, proved highly popular amongst buyers in 2015. Designed specifically for buyers from London and the surrounding areas, including those based in the City, it means they can meet and learn about destinations and suppliers from around the world for as little as half a day out of the office.
“Trade shows are one of the most valuable sources of information for both myself and the rest of the Grass Roots Solutions Team. They allow us to quickly and efficiently get in front of key suppliers, learn about the latest trends and develop relationships,” comments Jennifer Brazier-Thompson, Solutions Venue Find Consultant from leading UK agency Grass Roots Meetings & Events. “Unfortunately, time commitments and short-term deadlines rarely allow me to be out of the office at such events for more than a few hours. The Meetings Show’s semi-hosted option allowed me to prepare for a pitch using international suppliers that I was working on; it guaranteed appointments with the right people and made the whole process effortless. If you are working in London or the South East it is by far the easiest and most efficient way to attend a show and more people should be making use of its benefits.”
The Meetings Show’s innovative and flexible approach to hosted buyer attendances is extremely popular amongst UK buyers, as it provides many of the perks of a fully hosted trade show experience with less time commitment.
“Once again we are committed to creating the UK’s most comprehensive and respected hosted buyer offering, delivering a valuable, flexible and varied programme for all involved,” comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director. “UK-based buyers within easy travelling distance of Olympia find it a highly effective and efficient way to attend a trade show. It is particularly popular amongst City-based corporates and the regional agencies who see the tremendous value our exhibition, education and networking have to offer but don’t want to spend more than a day out of the office.”
Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals, it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.
Hosted buyers can apply to be part of The Meetings Show at themeetingsshow.com.