With The Meetings Show 2022 now just six weeks away, we share six reasons why you should sign up to attend…
1. Join the celebrations
2022 marks a very special year for The Meetings Show as it’s the 10th edition. The team has been busy planning lots of celebrations and surprises, including a networking drinks reception at the end of day one.
As well as being the 10th edition of The Meetings Show, it’s also the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Games, and Olympic medallist and World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe will be delivering a keynote speech on Wednesday 29 June at 10am to share insights learned from delivering what many regard as one of the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There are also other exciting plans in the works, including a special DJ appearance, with more details to be revealed soon.
2. New for 2022
This year’s show will see the return of many international exhibitors, who were unable to make it last year, as well as the addition of newcomers from across the globe. International exhibitors include Visit Denmark, The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korea MICE Bureau, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau and Zimbabwe National Conventions Bureau.
For hosted buyers, 2022 also sees the return of the pre-show conference on Tuesday 28 June, and post-show fam trips. So far, there are fam trips to Norton Park Hotel & Spa, Cardiff, Bristol & Bath and Chantilly, France organised.
Another new feature launching in 2022 is TMS Introducing. It’s a brand new, cost-effective way for up-and-coming technology companies to exhibit, giving visitors looking for innovative event tech access to the very latest developments. Successful applicants will then be entered into a competition, which will be voted for onsite by attendees, to receive a free stand at the 2023 show.
3. Meet with more than 500 suppliers in one place
This year’s show, co-located with Business Travel Show Europe and TravelTech Show, will be more than double the size it was in 2021. Attendees can meet with and compare more than 500 UK and international hotels, venues, destinations, technology and specialist suppliers.
As well as international exhibitors, the show will again be supported by convention bureaux from all four corners of the UK, with newcomers Meet Bristol and Bath and Destination Harrogate joining long-time supporters London Convention Bureau and Visit Leeds as well as regional bodies VisitBritain, Visit Belfast, VisitScotland and Visit Wales.
The world’s most prestigious meetings and events venues, hotel groups and technology suppliers will also be at The Meetings Show to share their updates with buyers, including Hilton, Melia Hotels & Resorts, IHG, Great Hotels of the World, Shocklogic, Cvent and many more.
4. Top-notch education
After two years in limbo, the events industry is ready to move forward, and this year’s education content at The Meetings Show has been designed to reflect just that. Expect wide-ranging, thought-provoking topics such as the metaverse, diversity, sexual harassment, catering for non-drinkers at events, and mental wellbeing, delivered by a stellar line-up of industry experts.
Confirmed speakers include Leah Carter, head of events, Climate Group; Dale Parameter, CEO, DRPG; Dan Walker, SVP creative, Ashfield Event Experiences; Rick Stainton, founder & group director, Smyle, Lou Kiwanuka, founder, The Ops Nest and ESSA chair; and Michael Begley, CEO of Venue Directory.
Hosted buyers will also be able to attend the half-day pre-show conference, taking place on Tuesday 28 June. It will kick off with an opening keynote from Claus Raasted, director of the College of Extraordinary Experiences, followed by sessions covering event intelligence, social sustainability and the benefits of engaging with local communities.
5. Grow your network
After a challenging couple of years, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the events, meetings and incentives community and reconnect in person than The Meetings Show. As well as catching up with existing industry peers and friends, the show offers plenty of opportunities to meet new faces and grow your network.
In addition to the official Welcome Reception on Tuesday 28 June and networking drinks on day one, there will be countless social events taking place throughout the show and London, from on-stand drinks to after-show parties.
6. It’s easier than ever to get there
The new high-speed Elizabeth line is finally opening on 24 May, so getting to ExCeL will be easier than ever – with direct trains from Heathrow, Farringdon, Paddington and Liverpool Street.
Visitors from central London will be able to reach the venue in as little as 12 minutes, while door-to-door from Heathrow Airport will be just 43 minutes.