With just days to go before the leading event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry opens, The Meetings Show reveals the exciting features you can expect to find at this year’s event.

Returning for the sixth edition on 27-28 June at Olympia London, the show’s new streamlined format offers hundreds of opportunities for you to meet, network and learn under a single roof.

This year’s show is set to be bustling with the Pre-Show Conference taking place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel on Tuesday 26 June and the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception at the Science Museum that evening, both now fully booked and at capacity. While, for the first time in the show’s history, the option to attend the three-day hosted buyer programme has been closed due to high demand.

To help you plan your visit, here’s our round-up of what you can find at this year’s show:

Excellent exhibitors

Over 700 of the finest destinations, hotels, venues, DMC’s and technology providers from the UK and around the world will come together under one roof for The Meetings Show 2018. Chat with teams from convention bureaus based around the globe – from Abu Dhabi to Wales – check out the hottest hotels and venues and talk tech with top technology providers. Find a list of exhibitors here.

Brilliant buyers

The Meetings Show is guaranteed to bring buyers from all areas: corporate, associations and agency. Confirmed corporate buyers include the BBC, Channel 4, Sony Music and William Reed Business Media while associations include NHS England, European Tourism Association and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. From the Agency side, expect to see buyers from American Express Meetings & Events, Banks Sadler, George P Johnson and many more.

Education and insight

This year’s education programme boasts a fantastic 50 hours of educational sessions across two days. The stellar line-up of sessions includes Year of the Woman, Creating a Culture of Innovation, The Influencer Economy and #eventtech mythbusting with our Techxperts. The programme has been carefully categorised to ensure agency, association and corporate visitors can access the content most relevant to them. View the full programme here.

Sensational speakers

Each day of the show will include inspiring talks from keynote speakers. The Pre-Show Conference – which is exclusively for attendees on the show’s hosted buyer programme – will be opened by John Straw, senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and IBM.

Day one of the main show, Wednesday 27 June, will see practical futurist and former IBM global managing partner Andrew Grill taking to the stage at 9.50am to talk about digital disruption, while behavioural specialist and customer service expert Jez Rose will deliver day two’s keynote talk on ‘Client-delighting secrets hidden inside your brain’.

The show will officially be opened on Wednesday 27 June by James Heappey MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry.

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