Unaudited figures from organisers of The Meetings Show (TMS), Centaur Live, have shown a dip in overall visitor and unique visitor numbers, but a rise in hosted buyers.
Unique, unaudited, visitor numbers announced by Centaur were 2,876 for the show that ran 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia London. The figure compares with the audited figure of 3,071 for 2014’s edition of TMS.
This year’s show, organisers say, attracted 4,413 meetings industry professionals (including exhibitor personnel), a figure marginally down from 4,507 in 2014.
The show’s increased investment in its hosted buyer programme saw that number edge up to 824 for the third edition of TMS. The initial hosted buyer target set by organisers in year one had been 1,500.
The hosted buyers this year made more appointments, with Centaur delivering 12,140 pre-scheduled appointments.
Day three of the show this year was hit by a London tube strike. Steve Knight, event director said: “Industrial action during the week was certainly a challenge but we met it head on, put a wide ranging contingency plan in place and focused on minimising the impact.”