Record numbers at The Meetings Show 2019

The Meetings Show 2019 was the most successful edition of the meetings and events industry trade show to date, with record numbers recorded across the board.

More than 5,000 meetings and events professionals attended the show, with pre-audit figures reporting a combined visitor and exhibitor total of 5,214.

Visitor attendance was 11% higher than in 2018, including over 900 hosted buyers, and the number of visitors attending for both days of the show was up by 14%.

The show has also reported its highest ever number of pre-scheduled appointments between hosted buyers and exhibitors at 12,077.

Following a busy and successful two days, the show’s 751 exhibitors were feeling positive and excited for The Meetings Show 2020, with many reporting strong leads and opting to rebook onsite.

Group event director David Chapple said: “I am over the moon with how well the event has gone this year. The show has become an integral part of the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, bringing together professionals from around the world to meet, learn, network and do business. Being at the heart of the industry, we are in a unique position to address the challenges it faces and offer support through a first-class education programme and knowledge exchange, and feedback on the show floor was overwhelmingly positive.”

Michael Simmons, business development manager at Wembley Stadium, said: “2019 was the second successive year that Wembley Stadium joined industry partner the MIA on their stand at The Meetings Show. Following the success of 2018, it was a very easy decision for us to join up with the association again and meet event buyers in a trusted and recognisable partner pavilion.

“Key to the success of exhibiting at The Meetings Show is working on filling your pre-booked appointments before the show; however thanks to the MIA’s industry knowledge, contacts and reputation our conversations were strengthened with valuable passing trade eager to meet with both the association and its venues.

“Following two very successful shows for the national stadium, I would highly recommend any member venue, big or small to consider the MIA Pavilion and exhibit at The Meetings Show in 2020.”

The Meetings Show 2020 will take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June. Visit www.themeetingsshow.com for further updates.