Applications Open for The Meetings Show’s Growing Hosted Buyer Programme
25/02/2015 - The Meetings ShowThe Meetings Show’s hosted buyer programme, which grew by 67% in 2014, is focused on buyer flexibility.
Flexibility remains a key focus for the 2015 hosted buyer programme which will match and adapt to buyer schedules and business needs. The programme, which grew by 67% in 2014, will provide buyers with several attendance options including one or two days, complimentary travel, and complimentary accommodation for up to two nights. This flexibility gives the buyers time to experience and discover the wide range of returning and new exhibitors, the latest education and evening networking opportunities.
The Meetings Show’s event director, Steve Knight comments: "The Meetings Show continues to grow, offering hosted buyers an ever increasing number of benefits including: the UK’s broadest range of domestic and international exhibitors, networking events across some of London’s most exciting venues and an extensive education programme delivered by industry leaders and business heavyweights. Attendance as a hosted buyer is an incredibly productive way to visit a trade show as it removes all the hassle of travel, accommodation and subsistence, allowing our buyers to focus on what is most important to them – business, knowledge growth and relationship building."
Fully hosted buyers benefit from complimentary travel and accommodation; transportation to Olympia from host hotels and networking venues; as well as a choice of hosted buyer lounges complete with refreshments.
"Above all else, we have made it our goal to create the UK’s most comprehensive and respected hosted buyer programme delivering a valuable, flexible and varied programme for all involved," concludes Knight.
Commenting on the 2014 hosted buyer programme, Edward Copperman, director of product development at The Travel Movement Limited, said: "Overall the quality of the show was incredible, particularly the exhibitors and stand staff – they clearly wanted to do business. In contrast to other shows I have attended there was a far greater depth of knowledge, a desire to talk and develop relationships for all involved. The accommodation, transport and logistics also exceeded my expectations."
Hosted buyers can schedule meetings with exhibitors relevant to their business. The Meetings Show is supported by the UK’s widest variety of meetings focused organisations including many new names for 2015 such as: Atout France, Italia Convention Bureau, Moroccan National Tourist Office, Coventry City Council, Visit Blackpool Conference & Meetings and Marketing Cheshire.
The Meetings Show’s wide ranging education programme will again include a significant number of sessions such as keynotes, seminars and "Meet the Expert" round tables. The Association Meetings Conference on Monday 6 July is available to qualified AMCs, PCOs and association planners. Networking activity throughout the week includes official receptions and exhibitor events, whilst a range of post show tours will also be available to key destinations.
Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is the première event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.
Hosted Buyers need to apply via www.themeetingsshow.com where they are reviewed by a team of expert qualifiers.
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