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HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME

GET THE VIP TREATMENT - HOSTED BUYER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

               

How?

By applying for the hosted buyer programme.

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Who? 

If you're a UK or European decision-maker responsible for organising meetings and events, applying to be a hosted buyer will ensure you maximise your time at the show. Please note that all applications will be reviewed according to: the size and frequency of your events, your level of purchasing/decision-making authority, and the geographic locations of your events.

               
               

Why? 

You’ll receive a dedicated diary to use to arrange meetings with exhibitors from all over the world, putting the power in your hands and allowing you to decide who you want to meet with. 

Plus, a number of other complimentary benefits including travel and accommodation, exclusive networking events, which have previously included evening receptions at HMS Belfast, Museum of London Docklands and Puttshack, a bespoke educational experience, and the opportunity to attend a UK or European fam trip.

               

FIND THE ATTENDANCE OPTION THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU

Whether you're based in the UK or Europe, we offer a number of attendance options, so you can pick the one that suits you and your schedule best. 

Please note: the 3 days, 2 days & welcome reception, and 2 days attendance options are available to all hosted buyers and the 1 day attendance option is available to UK based buyers only.

3 DAYS

  • Attendance at the Hosted Buyer Insight Forum (an afternoon of networking and education designed for senior meetings and event organisers) on Tuesday 18 June - find out more
  • Attendance at the official welcome reception on Tuesday 18 June
  • 2 days at The Meetings Show
  • 16 Appointments across the two exhibition days (just 20 minutes each)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June, unless you are based in London

  • Travel provided on request (UK and Europe only)

2 DAYS & WELCOME RECEPTION

  • Attendance at the official welcome reception on Tuesday 18 June
  • 2 days at The Meetings Show  
  • 16 Appointments across the two exhibition days (just 20 minutes each)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June, unless you are based in London
  • Travel provided on request (UK and Europe only)

2 DAYS

  • 2 days at The Meetings Show
  • 12 Appointments across the two days (just 20 minutes each)
  • 1 nights’ accommodation on Wednesday 19 June, unless you are based in London

1 DAY

  • 1 day at The Meetings Show
  • 6 appointments (just 20 minutes each)
  • No accommodation
  • Travel provided on request

UK based buyers only

HOSTED BUYER INSIGHT FORUM

Taking place on Tuesday 18 June, the Hosted Buyer Insight Forum is a bespoke education programme, designed exclusively for hosted buyers. This unique opportunity allows you to deep dive into market trends and buyer strategies, connect with your peers, and gain industry insights that are second to none.

Start your day with "What's On The Wellness Menu?", where you can explore various wellbeing practices during lunch. Join "Trends: Predictions vs Reality" to analyse recent trends in technology, initiatives, and content, and compare them to the reality of the event industry. Learn how to measure and improve sustainability in your events in "Powered By isla - Carbon Instinct - Learning to spot the champagnes and the wines in sustainability". Finally, dive into the practical applications of AI in event management in "The Great TMS Hackathon - AI In Practice", and more!

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THE WELCOME RECEPTION

Our highly anticipated welcome reception takes place the night before the show, on Tuesday 18 June. This year, we celebrate the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics at the newly launched Riverside East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, featuring stunning rooftop views and a fresh dining experience by Peppermint Events. Exclusive invitations will be sent to all eligible hosted buyers and you must RSVP to secure a place.

It's the perfect opportunity for you to network with 200 fellow meetings and event planners ahead of two jam-packed days at the show. We'll even transfer you to and from the venue, so the only thing you'll need to focus on is enjoying yourself.

Please note: Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The welcome reception is only available to hosted buyers that select the 3 day attendance option or the 2 days & welcome reception option when registering.

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FAM TRIPS

We offer all hosted buyers the opportunity to attend one of our pre or post-event fam trips organised by our exhibiting destination partners. Confirmed for 2024 are Spain, Bristol and Bath, Q Hotels and France.

You can express interest in one of the tours when applying to be a hosted buyer and the host destination will then select the final group of attendees from among the applicants. 

Please note: If your application to join a fam trip is unsuccessful, you will not be able to apply for another one. The fam trip provider makes the final decision as to who can attend.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

TRAVEL

Buyers based outside the Greater London area are eligible for travel assistance to and from The Meetings Show. We work with a TMC who will contact buyers directly to arrange this. For UK based buyers, this will be a standard class rail ticket. For overseas buyers, this will be return economy flights from Europe or standard class Eurostar tickets.

ACCOMMODATION

Buyers who have requested accommodation assistance during the application process will be allocated a room in one of our partner hotels. If attending as part of a hosted buyer group, where possible, group members will be placed in the same hotel.

TRANSFERS

Transfers will be available from the relevant airports direct to The Meetings Show. This could be by limo, coach or for London Heathrow it will be a rail ticket on the Elizabeth Line, which now runs directly from Heathrow to Custom House (ExCeL).

A London Underground travel pass is included with train tickets to allow buyers to make their own way to The Meetings Show via public transport.

There are transfers to all major London airports after the show closes on Thursday afternoon. Your specific transfer arrangements will be emailed to you the week prior to The Meetings Show. Any travel taken outside of the show dates will not be eligible for transfers

GOT A QUESTION FOR US?

GRAHAM ANGUS

graham

HEAD OF HOSTED BUYER OPERATIONS

+44(0)203 983 9076


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FELICIA DRAKOS

Felicia Drakos

HOSTED BUYER ACCOUNT MANAGER

+44(0)203 983 9071


EMAIL ME

SARAH RAYMOND

sarah

HOSTED BUYER AND EVENTS MANAGER

+44(0)203 983 9083


EMAIL ME

DELLA VERNETTE

Della Vernette

BUYER RELATIONS DIRECTOR


+44 020 3983 9073


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