The Meetings Show has strengthened its hosted buyer team ahead of the sixth edition of the show on 27 & 28 June 2018, with two new managers joining from fellow Centaur Media event The Business Travel Show.
Della Penfold joins as hosted buyer programme manager, with responsibility for recruitment of hosted buyers and group coordinators, after three years working on The Business Travel Show and with more than eight years’ experience in sales. Della also brings a team of four telemarketers to work on The Meetings Show, in the lead-up to this year’s event.
A 38% increase year-on-year in applications
Graham Angus will be taking on the role of hosted buyer manager to lead on the logistics of the programme, having held the same role on The Business Travel Show for the past six years.
The strengthening of the hosted buyer team comes as the show is forecasting its highest number of hosted buyer applications to date. A new two-day format, with more streamlined attendance options has so far resulted in a 38% increase year-on-year in applications since registration opened in February.
The Meetings Show has also grown its commercial team, with the appointment of Brett Dempsey as international account manager and the promotions of Ross Barker to commercial director and Jack Marczewski to account director.
Brett brings six years of international sales experience in exhibitions, while the promotions of Ross and Jack follow the most commercially successful Meetings Show to date in 2017. The leading event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, The Meetings Show will welcome more than 2,000 visitors and over 700 exhibitors for the two-day event at Olympia London on 27 & 28 June.