The Meetings Show welcomes associations to 2021 event

The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading show for the meetings, events and incentives community, returns on 30 September and 1 October when it will be delivered live at ExCeL London and virtually.

The event, which welcomes associations, gives visitors the chance to network and do business with hundreds of UK and international event suppliers – from destinations and destination management companies to conference centres, venues, hotels and technology suppliers.

Association buyers will be able to determine the perfect location for their forthcoming symposiums, secure appropriate accommodation for their delegates and investigate technological solutions to support them at face-to-face or virtual meetings with the show’s extensive list of exhibitors.

International destinations already signed up to exhibit include Abu Dhabi, Greater Boston, Las Vegas, Penang, Portugal, Denmark and Istanbul, while the UK will be represented by VisitBritain, VisitScotland and VisitWales and a host of regional convention bureaux including Belfast, Brighton, Leeds, London and Newcastle Gateshead.

Some of the world’s most prestigious venues and leading hotel groups, such as ICC Wales, Telford International Centre, The QEII Centre, Melia Hotels International and Wyndham Hotel Group Europe, will also be on hand to discuss requirements with buyers and suggest ways they can accommodate their needs, while tech providers such as Shocklogic, Slido and Cvent will talk about how their products and services can support both live and virtual events.

An inspiring education programme, thoughtfully curated by The Meetings Show’s new conference and content manager Erica Oghoghorie and delivered live and streamed, will provide support and insight to association event professionals as they navigate their way ahead following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The global pandemic, unprecedented lockdowns, travel bans and social distancing measures have had a significant, and much-publicised, impact on the previously thriving events industry.

However, the sector displayed resilience and innovation, helping it to weather the crisis and come through the other side. The Meetings Show’s education programme will help the industry reimagine events in the ‘new normal’ with hours of content designed to support and guide event professionals, agencies and associations over the next year and beyond.

For association event planners seeking guidance in venue-finding, session Adapting to Change: the new venue search is one education session to bookmark. The session, on Thursday 30 September will see Emma Little of ExecSpace, Denise Lopez of HelmsBriscoe and Dan Elliott of Center Parcs discuss the shift in priorities for event planners and how they can go about choosing the right venue for their needs.

Sessions on diversity, sustainability and personal development, which will be held across the two days of the show, may also be of interest to association buyers.

To help guide visitors towards relevant sessions, they have been usefully divided into five streams: Innovation and Industry Streams; My Career and Personal Development; Event Marketing; Event Technology and Meeting Design.

Alongside the chance to meet relevant suppliers and attend education sessions, The Meetings Show will also provide ample opportunities for networking, both in-person and virtually to reunite those across the sector and help them forge new connections.

The Meetings Show is at London ExCeL on 30 September and 1 October. Visitor registration is now open. To register visit https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register