Organiser of The Meetings Show UK, Centaur Exhibitions, has announced the sign up of 27 new exhibitors for its inaugural edition at London’s Olympia, 9-11 July.
Hilton Worldwide, IHG/InterContinental Hotels Group, Business Events Canada, Japan National Tourism Organisation and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority head the list of the latest organisastions to sign up for the show following the recent opening of visitor and hosted buyer registration.
Centaur also reports Tourism Ireland, VisitScotland and Austrian National Tourist Office all increasing their original stand space to allow for additional destination partners.
London & Partners and Tourism Ireland have partnered with The Meetings Show UK to create further branded areas to accommodate partners who have not been able to secure space on their national pavilions.
Other recent exhibitor sign ups reported by Centaur include global destinations: Business Events Canada, Czech Tourist Authority, Hungarian National Tourist Office, Israel Government Tourist Office, Japan National Tourism Organisation and Korea Tourism Organisation.
Major cities and regions on board include Turisme de Barcelona, Bilbao Convention Bureau, Catalunya Tourism, Lanzarote Convention Bureau, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Ljubljana Tourism, Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau, Meet in Flanders and Vilnius Convention Bureau.
Centaur claims more destinations will be represented through DMCs and their UK/European representation companies.
Major UK exhibitor destinations outside of London now include Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, Bath Tourism Plus, Meet Bournemouth, Conference Torquay, Jersey Convention Bureau, Liverpool Convention Bureau, Experience Nottinghamshire, Visit Lincoln, VisitScotland and Visit Essex.
Associations taking space or hosting partners include HBAA, the MIA and MPI UK and Ireland Chapter.
New exhibitors in the technology sector include Abbit Meeting Support, DoubleDutch, Eventbrite, Insight Presentation Systems, Magency Digital, Meeting Support Institute and Saville Audio Visual.
Specialist suppliers include Capita Travel and Events, Nexus Collections, Venue Directory and Worldspan Group.
The Meetings Show UK, Event Director Steve Knight (pictured) says: “The response to our decision to launch The Meetings Show UK has been overwhelming. Exhibitors and visitors are telling us time and again that a hosted buyer led show of this quality is needed in the UK and we are delighted to be fulfilling that need. This ever expanding list of high quality exhibitors continues to provide motivation for buyers to attend the show in July – a fact that is reflected in the high number of registrations already completed.”
Knight adds he expects to see more confirmations over the next few weeks.
David Owen, Head of Marketing at etc.venues, comments: “We like exhibitions – they give us the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with active event bookers. But there are loads of them we could exhibit at and they are a serious commitment in terms of time and money so making the right choice is key. We decided to do The Meetings Show UK due to the strength of the Hosted Buyer programme and because of the buzz they seem to have created in the market – in a year when some other shows may have lost their mojo a little. Event bookers always like new venues – I get the feeling the same applies for new exhibitions.”
The Meetings Show UK aims to attract 4,000 meeting professionals including 1,500 hosted buyers from across the UK and Europe.
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