The organisers of The Meetings Show have said they “remain committed” to the UK’s best known MICE market trade show after launching a ‘strategic review’ of the company’s wider business holdings.
Centaur Media has appointed Livingstone Partners and Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers to assist with the potential sales of Centaur’s HR, engineering, financial services, legal and travel and meetings divisions.
The Travel & Meetings Portfolio includes The Meetings Show, The Business Travel Show and Travel Technology Europe. The seventh edition of The Meetings Show – the leading event for the UK inbound and outbound industry – takes place 26-27 June 2019 and will build upon the 2018 edition, its most successful year to date, the company said.
David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show, said: “Following a strategic review Centaur is exploring simplifying the group’s structure to realise shareholder value. A consultation period will now take place, but this will have no effect on The Meetings Show 2019; for the team, it’s very much business as usual.
“Centaur remains committed to investing in The Meetings Show and delivering an event the industry wants to be a part of. We are revealing a new brand for 2019, we are growing our hosted buyer programme and evolving our education proposition, putting the needs of our audience first throughout. With advance bookings 64% ahead year-on-year the industry is proud to part of and support The Meetings Show. The team and I are looking forward to what will be another unmissable event for the industry.”