The world’s leading exhibition and conference for maritime purchasing and supply chain professionals is set to return to London for the eighth year, held at the QEII Centre. Taking place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September, IMPA 2019 will be attended by over 2,000 key decision makers from more than 70 countries, representing all of the world’s major shipping companies and affiliates. The event is a major coup for London’s business events industry, showcasing the city on an extensive international level as one of the best places in the world to do business. It is the latest in a succession of large-scale international events confirmed to take place at QEII this year, including the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) World Congress due to take place in November. IMPA’s main exhibition will run in QEII’s largest event space, the combined Britten, Fleming and Whittle on the 3rd floor, with 1,375m2 of space and double-height windows looking out over Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. On the opening day of the event an evening cocktail reception will take place, also in the exhibition hall, with catering provided by the in-house caterers, QEII Taste. Nicole Roberts, operations manager at IMPA, said: “We have chosen London and the QEII Centre to host our flagship annual event for the past seven years because it is such a fantastic place to invite our international delegates to come to. The city has excellent transport links, exceptional facilities, and there are so many iconic things for attendees to see and do while they are in the city. QEII has gone from strength to strength as a venue, and the excellent hospitality and commitment from their staff ensures the event is always a success. I am looking forward to returning for our 2019 event, which we hope will be bigger and better than ever.” Daniel Anderson, event manager at the QEII Centre, said: “IMPA is a unique challenge for the team here – each year the event is completely bespoke and the organisers like to keep the event looking fresh for returning delegates. While many events change cities and venues to stay fresh, we’re able to support them with dedicated event management to facilitate changes and ensure the event space is used to its best potential. We’re really proud that QEII can provide the venue to ensure the event is able to remain in London year after year.” IMPA 2019 takes place at the QEII Centre on 10 and 11 September. For more information about the QEII Centre, visit www.qeiicentre.london.