Event professionals will be able to meet hundreds of UK and international event suppliers, listen to inspirational speakers, learn about the latest trends and network with fellow members of the meetings, events and incentives community when The Meetings Show returns at the end of this month. 

The UK’s leading show for the MICE sector will be officially opened by Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston on Thursday 30 September at ExCeL London where it will continue on Friday 1 October. Those unable to visit in-person will be able to attend virtually via the Swapcard platform. 

Buyers, whether they are part of an agency, plan corporate events, work for an association or co-ordinate incentive travel, will find a host of suppliers ready to talk through latest developments, new products and packages to enable them to provide the best experiences for their clients and colleagues. 

Among the exhibitors launching new products and services at the show are technology company Shocklogic, who will unveil a new look and give the latest on its hybrid options; ASM Global who will show off new state-of-the-art conference and events centre NewcastleGateshead Quays and Q-Hotels, which has devised a number of creative ways to get us meeting again. 

International and UK destinations will be well-represented at the show and include Visit Denmark, Conventions Malta and Saudi region AIUIa while those closer to home include VisitScotland, Visit Belfast, Visit Wales and VisitBritain. 

Associations and venue consortiums such as the Meetings Industry Association, HBAA, Venues of Excellence and Venues.org will also be present at the two-day event. 

Event and meeting planners who are looking to drive their organisation’s sustainability strategy should head to the stand for sustainability experts isla. Together with The Meetings Show, isla has devised an online six-week Complete Sustainable Events Course and its curator and isla co-founder Anna Abdelnoor will be on-hand to provide more information. 

Indeed, learning plays an essential role in The Meetings Show’s delivery, which is why the education programme boasts more than 40 hours of inspiring sessions on a range of subjects, from sustainability, diversity and personal development, to hybrid and virtual delivery, marketing and data. 

Separated into five streams – Innovation and Industry Trends; My Career and Personal Development; Event Marketing; Event Technology and Meeting Design – to help visitors easily select the sessions relevant to them, the programme contains everything visitors need to build a better business and career. 

Headlining the programme is Ric Salmon, producer of the first virtual Glastonbury and CEO of Driift, who will deliver the show’s keynote speech. 

Join him on the Main Stage on 1 October at 11:50, to hear about his experience in producing the first virtual Glastonbury festival – Live at Worthy Farm – as well as his success in producing ticketed online events for some of the world’s best music talent. 

 Register to attend HERE