COVID-19 update for The Meetings Show

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

Current status
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.

For the most up to date information on the COVID-19, please visit:

  • World Health Organisation advice to the public here
  • UK Government guidelines here.
  • NHS guidelines here.
  • Public Health England advice here.

Stay at home:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Current advice from UK officials and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. 

If your travel is essential:

  • contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to make sure you can still travel
  • read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered, and contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy
  • make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
  • be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
  • make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
  • be prepared for logistical and financial disruption to your travel
  • arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
  • check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts
  • visit this page regularly as it is constantly updated given the evolving situation overseas

If you are older, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you are more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus. Check the NHS guidance before you travel.

Use the 111 online COVID-19 service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

In Northern Ireland call 111.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

  • Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo and Como)
  • the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna)
  • Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche)
  • Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte)
  • Padova, Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)

The below advice is being given to avoid germs spreading:


  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean