Update: 9 June 2020
The Meetings Show team is developing an exciting hybrid event to keep business meetings and events professionals connected and informed, wherever they are in the world.
To ensure all members of the meetings and events community can meet, and to help stimulate and support the recovery of our sector, The Meetings Show will be adding a virtual element to enhance this year's live show, which takes place at Olympia London on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 October 2020.
Using a hybrid model will enable those who are unable to physically attend the live event at Olympia London, to access some of the show's renowned educational and business opportunities, as well as network with their peers.
The Meetings Show Event Director Jack Marczewski, said: “The Meetings Show is continually evolving and the team is always exploring ways to keep the industry connected, so making this year's event hybrid feels like the right step to make.
"While we develop virtual elements to this year's show, we are also working with Olympia London and industry associations to ensure the correct measures are put in place to protect visitors and exhibitors coming to the venue itself. As the UK lockdown eases, we are continuing to follow the latest government advice and the health and safety of everyone visiting the show remains our top priority.
"Ultimately, marrying live and virtual elements will allow visitors, wherever they may be in the world, to access our dynamic education programme, network and meet exhibitors. We’re looking forward to sharing further updates over the coming weeks."
Update: 30 April 2020
The Meetings Show official statement
The Meetings Show – due to take place on 24-25 June – is being postponed to the autumn as a result of the continuing situation with COVID-19.
The show will now be held on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 October at Olympia London.
Over the last few weeks, The Meetings Show team has held extensive talks with key industry representatives, exhibitors, visitors, partners and associations, as well as its host venue, to make an informed decision about this year’s show.
Jack Marczewski, Event Director, said: “The Meetings Show team has been working tirelessly to find the right solution for all those involved in the show that traditionally features destinations from over 50 countries across six continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.
“We’ve spent a lot of time engaging with our valued stakeholders, and, following their feedback, and consultation with our advisory board members last week, we are determined to try and facilitate and offer a solution in October to enable event and meetings professionals to still meet and help stimulate and support the recovery of our sector.
“We are, of course, closely monitoring developments and the evolving Government advice on social distancing and will continue to do so as we formalise plans for the show. The health and wellbeing of everyone involved in, and visiting the show, has been, and will continue to be, at the heart of any plans being made.
“We will continue to keep an honest, open dialogue with our exhibitors, visitors and other stakeholders and inform them of any updates.”
3 April 2020
The UK's Chief Medical Officers have stated that the risk to individuals in the UK from COVID‐19 is high and as a UK‐based event, the risk is also high. However, we understand the situation is changing on a daily basis, so will commit to do the following:
Before The Meetings Show, we will continue to:
- Be in close contact with the venue, Olympia London, to keep up to date on developments and advice from authorities.
- Raise awareness of latest WHO and NHS advice with regards to the COVID-19 with our stakeholders.
- Communicate the latest news with exhibitors via the website and email communications.
- Stay in contact with registrants to update them on any developments.
- Provide links to the latest information from the authorities.
At the event:
- We will continue to work closely with the venue to monitor the onsite situation.
- We will provide hand sanitisers and signage at the event in areas that visitors and exhibitors congregate e.g. registration, info points, lounges, theatres and washrooms.
- We will install signs in all public toilets to alert visitors and exhibitors to the importance of handwashing and basic hygiene to arrest the spread of germs in line with WHO recommendations.
- The onsite medical team have been made aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus and what actions to take if they suspect anyone of having had the virus.
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