This is a guest post by Jack Marczewski, The Meetings Show Event Director.
The event app is live, hundreds of appointments have already been made, and it’s now just one week to go until the global meetings and events community comes together at ExCeL London to celebrate the landmark 10 th edition of The Meetings Show.
With a 92% increase in visitor buyer and 100% increase in hosted buyer registrations compared to 2021, more than 500 suppliers signed up to exhibit – the show is twice the size of last year’s – and a jam-packed programme of inspiring content planned, there really is no better place for event planners to stay on top of the latest trends, make valuable connections and find innovative solutions to take their events to the next level.
Here are some of the highlights of The Meetings Show 2022:
Insight and inspiration
Learning sits at the heart of the show, and this year’s inspiring education programme will kick off with a keynote by Lord Sebastian Coe, the man responsible for delivering what many regard as one of the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever: London 2012. Industry experts from American Express Global Business Travel, McKinsey & Company, Grant Thornton, DRPG, Identity, Vok DAMS, Stress Matters, ICC Wales, Delegate Wranglers are also among the stellar line up of speakers confirmed.
The 49 dynamic and informative sessions will focus on the latest trends and cover burning issues including sustainability, building and fostering communities, the metaverse, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, event safety and security and more.
Wherever in the world you are looking for event solutions, from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi, and Zurich to Zimbabwe, The Meetings Show’s got you covered. Estonia Convention Bureau, Visit Norway, Destination Toronto, Singapore Tourism and Melbourne Convention Bureau are among the many international destinations ready to help planners find the perfect location for their next meeting or event. Discover hidden gems closer to home, with convention bureaux such as Meet Bath and Bristol, Experience Oxfordshire, Events Harrogate, Edinburgh Convention Bureau, MeetCambridge and Visit Belfast just a handful of the UK destinations represented this year.
News and innovations
Many exhibitors have news to share making The Meetings Show a must-attend for visitors hoping to stay in-the-know. Meet Blackpool and Business Events Bournemouth will reveal major investments in their venues and infrastructure, The QEII Centre will be inviting buyers to discover their inner animal as well as the ones in their business on stand B76, while Meet Cardiff is offering buyers the chance to win a trip to the city. With sustainability top of the agenda right now, many exhibitors will be showcasing their latest carbon reduction initiatives, including Make Venues, etc.venues, Helsinki Partners and Melia Hotels International. The Meetings Show has also just announced that The Complete Sustainable Events Course, its online course for event professionals created in partnership with isla, is back for its second year this September – find out more and register by visiting isla’s stand.
Quality hosted buyers
The Meetings Show attracts a high calibre of hosted buyers and this year is no exception. Event planners who have signed up to the Hosted Buyer Programme this year come from some of the world’s biggest businesses and organisations including Ericsson, BCD Meetings & Events, Ashfield Event Experiences, Capgemini, MCI, First Event, Alzheimer’s Society and NHS Federation.
Activities for hosted buyers include an exclusive half-day pre-show conference and a welcome reception aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Belfast, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, on Tuesday 28 June.
Platform for emerging talent
The Meetings Show celebrates and champions the rising stars of the industry through its Tomorrow’s Talent initiative. Winners from 2022 and previous years will attend the show andmeet with fellow event professionals as they celebrate their success. A new initiative – The Meetings Show Next Generation – with Event First Steps will see students invited to spend an afternoon at The Meetings Show on Thursday 30 June, offering them the opportunity to meet with exhibitors, attend a curated panel session, and join the Event First Steps post-show networking event.
Networking and celebrations
It’s not all work and no play. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with on-stand drinks being organised by Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau & SAGE ICC, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Hilton Worldwide Ltd and Carden Park Hotel, among others. There will also be a special drinks reception at the end of day one, sponsored by Visit Norway, with ‘Foxy Arve’ on the decks to celebrate the show’s 10th edition. To register to attend The Meetings Show 2022 visit
There have been some changes to the registration process this year, so The Meetings Show is advising everyone to register in advance to avoid any delays on your arrival at the show.
The Meetings Show 2022 includes:
- The Exhibition: Featuring destinations, venues, hotels and suppliers, the exhibition sits at the heart of The Meetings Show.
- Education Programme: Planned by education experts from across the industry, the Conference sessions work in harmony with the exhibition.
- Networking: The Meetings Show offers an unrivalled networking opportunity for event venues, event buyers and suppliers. For those looking to see more before and after the show, there will also be fam trips visiting key destinations around the UK and internationally.
Non-buyer visitors are welcome to attend The Meetings Show 2022 but will need to purchase a pass to do so. For pass details, including pricing options and access to co-located shows, visit https://www.themeetingsshow.com/non-buyer-pass.
The Meetings Show has an Advisory Board that meets several times a year both in-person and virtually, bringing together their wealth of experience, ideas and strategic understanding of the meetings industry.