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The Meetings Show set for UK’s largest hosted buyer programme

This year's show will host business opportunities, education and networking at its fourth edition next week

Pictured: Last year's Meetings Show

The Meetings Show is set to deliver the UK’s largest hosted buyer programme during a week of business opportunities, education and networking.

There are 900 hosted buyers approved, 57 per cent of whom are from the UK, while more than 11,500 pre booked appointments are expected to take place.

Event director Steve Knight said: “Our 2016 event is focused on responding to visitor needs and delivering not just new exhibitors but new and innovative ways to engage and interact at the show. As in previous years we are delivering a plethora of business, education and networking opportunities. We look forward to strong attendance from all parts of the industry including agencies, corporate meeting planners, associations, PAs and the public sector.”

Registrations for the stand-alone Association Meetings Conference have grown to more than 100 attendees, while more than 3,100 additional visitors have also pre-registered.

More than 700 exhibiting organisations will be in attendance, with more than 70 exhibitors attending for the first time

Also, there will be in excess of 80 professional education sessions - including new streams for leadership and management – and more than 30 exhibitor-led networking events.

Knight added: “The flexible nature of our hosted buyer programme has proved particularly appealing to attendees who see true value in the ability to build their own programme and attend the show for one, two or three days depending on their diary and availability. In fact this year, more than 50 per cent of our buyers will stay for two nights, allowing them to truly maximise their time at the event.”

Visitors can still register to attend the 2016 show taking place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 June via or onsite at Olympia London. 

The show will also feature corporate speakers including former directors from companies such as Eurostar, Sainsbury’s Bank, Aston Martin, Harley-Davidson and John Lewis.

An enhanced destination showcase will provide bite-sized education from around the world, while The Future of Meetings will see technology start-ups highlight their cutting edge products.

The Meetings Show has switched location to Olympia Grand for 2016, enabling the show to expand while remaining under one roof.

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