Hosted buyer registration now open for The Meetings Show

By Natalie Blachford

Hosted buyer registration is now open for the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry.

The Meetings Show, taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London, offers a tailored buyer-led programme designed for buyers to maximise their time out of the office and give a new perspective to their event planning process.

Hosted buyers attending the show for one, two or three days (including attendance of the Pre-Show Conference on Tuesday 25 June) benefit from a dedicated appointment diary to book pre-scheduled meetings with exhibitors, as well as support with travel, accommodation and a whole host of other benefits.

Those attending on the three-day programme can enjoy exclusive education at the Pre-Show Conference – a sell-out in 2018 – with dedicated streams for association, corporate and agency buyers, as well as the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception, which last year attracted more than 400 attendees.

Della Penfold, hosted buyer programme manager for The Meetings Show, said: “Our new, streamlined programme for hosted buyers debuted at The Meetings Show 2018 and was extremely well-received the hosted buyers who took part. Unlike with some shows, we don’t make appointment matches, so it’s entirely down to the buyer who they want to meet with, and with the three attendance options it provides more flexibility for those tight on time.”

All hosted buyers at The Meetings Show, including associations, agencies, PCOs, corporates, incentive houses, venue-finding agencies and charities, are pre-qualified to participate based on the number and scale of events organised, budgets held and decision-making power.

In 2018, the average hosted buyer held an average annual budget of £2,250,790 for events, and 41% of hosted buyers organised more than 20 events per year.

Rachel Lawty, global account manager at HelmsBriscoe and hosted buyer at The Meetings Show 2018, said: “The Meetings Show is a great educational event for meeting suppliers, networking with colleagues and event organisers. I can highly recommend the Pre-Show Conference, the speakers were fabulous and highly motivational.”

Registration for The Meetings Show’s 2019 hosted buyer programme is open from today (Friday 8 February). To apply, visit bit.ly/TMS-Hosted-Buyer-2019.

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