Centaur to launch major meetings show at Olympia in July 2013

Centaur Exhibitions is to launch a major hosted buyer led show for the
UK meetings industry at London’s Olympia, 9-11 July 2013. Paul Kennedy,
MBE, is the show’s strategic advisor.

The event, titled The
Meetings Show UK, will be a three-day event and accommodate 1,000 fully
hosted senior buyers, including 750 from Europe and beyond.

event will also be supported by a major professional education programme
and a series of networking events. UK destinations will be offered the
opportunity to host buyers via a series of familiarisation trips.

Managing Director Andrew Evans takes the leap of faith with the launch
“after months of careful research”. He says: “It is clear the buyer and
exhibitor communities would welcome a fully hosted buyer show in London,
organised by a senior team of experienced meeting professionals.”

Former Reed Travel Exhibitions Group Director Paul Kennedy, MBE, tells CN:
“The reality is contemporary meetings shows need a quality hosted buyer
programme to meet the needs of the market. The investment Centaur is
putting in is quite substantial and the company is committed to

Kennedy underlines the event will be directed and
managed by meeting industry professionals. “We are assembling an
Advisory Board of leading industry professionals and already have
support from eminent practitioners.”

Kennedy and Evans expect to unveil the new Show Director soon and to finalise proposals to appoint hosted buyer coordinators.

on the launch, on the day that International Confex opens in London,
Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, says:
“At last, a major event for the UK to be run by a highly knowledgeable
management team; we will be there.”

GM of the Barbican Centre, Anthony Hyde adds: “This is just perfect for London and the UK and we will be exhibiting.”

Delaney, MD of Ovation Global DMC also welcomed the initiative.
“Centaur are to deliver just what the market needs, a large gathering of
qualified UK and international hosted buyers with significant budgets
who know exactly which suppliers they want to see ahead of the event.”

Mckeller, Executive Director Europe of Helms Briscoe, says: “Helms
Briscoe will be at the show in force. We know the hosted buyer community
will be delivered and that the quality of the buyers will attract the
range of exhibitors a company like ours needs to see.”

Golden, Commercial Director of Earls Court and Olympia, says the venue,
which used to host International Confex until this year, is “delighted
to actively support and host The Meetings Show in our new redeveloped
West Hall at Olympia. The show’s commitment to attracting a qualified
hosted buyer community is very good news indeed for the UK meetings
industry. The Meetings Show is confident of attracting another
3,000-plus UK buyers across the corporate, association, agency and
public sectors.”

Evans notes: “Our intention is to work very
closely with industry associations and key organisations in order to
deliver a show and high level educational programme that is on-target
and entirely relevant to the meetings industry. With the investment and
resources we have committed to the show, plus the deep industry
knowledge of the team, we will create a highly effective and successful
meetings industry marketplace.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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