On 8 July, the eve of Centaur’s inaugural The Meetings Show UK at London Olympia, promotional body for the host city, London & Partners, is partnering with the show and with Radisson Blu Edwardian to host a major buyer event.
The event takes place following The Meetings Show UK’s Association Day, which marks the start of the show’s networking programme for buyers.
Leadenhall Market, the ancient centre of Roman Londinium, will be the location for the 8 July street party-themed networking reception, London, Up Your Street.
Taking prime position on the central aisle at The Meetings Show UK, the London stand will feature a dozen of the city’s venues, including Radisson Blu Edwardian, London; Arsenal Football Club; The Mermaid and Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts. Throughout the show, London & Partners will be celebrating the legacy that the capital has seen since London 2012, with interactive sessions for guests on the London stand located at H7.
“We are proud to be partnering with The Meetings Show UK on this brand new international event taking place in London,” says Director of Business Tourism and Major Events at London & Partners, Tracy Halliwell (pictured). “As the official CVB for the capital, we are dedicated to attracting and delivering events for London such as World Islamic Economic Forum in October and European Society of Cardiology in 2015.
“The London, Up Your Street event at one of London’s most celebrated markets is a fitting tribute to the capital’s heritage and demonstrates the extreme versatility and flexibility for events in London.”
Steve Knight, Event Director at The Meetings Show UK, adds: “The London, Up Your Street event marks the start of The Meetings Show UK’s networking programme, and our partnership with London & Partners has been pivotal in bringing it to life.
“Leadenhall Market will provide a fantastic backdrop to this high profile evening, which will bring together Hosted Buyers already in attendance at the Association Day as well as those preparing to attend the main show when it opens on 9 July.”
The London Up Your Street launch event party is open to Hosted Buyers of the UK Meetings Show and invited guests only.
The evening of 10 July, in addition to the Manchester Live! Event at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, will see an Oysters Summer Party as part of The Meetings Show UK social events.
The Oysters, a collection of 20 tourism offices and convention bureaux, have signed up 200 event professionals to their event at Quaglino’s restaurant in Mayfair.
Show Director Steve Knight said the Oysters Summer Party was “one of the best events I went to last year”, adding that Centaur’s sponsorship this year made perfect sense.
Oysters spokesperson Marienne Barthet Brown, from the Malta Tourism Authority in London, said last week at a press conference to launch the Summer Party that the Oysters would be supporting the Meetings Industry Meeting Needs charity campaign and holding a raffle for an Ipad Mini on the night.
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