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25 June 2018

TMS 2018

Welcome to another week and,  there is only one thing to talk about this week if you work in the MICE profession!  The Meetings Show is the premier event for the inbound and outbound meetings and event industry in the UK, and takes place this week from 27-28 June 2018 at Olympia. Since its launch in 2012, The Meetings Show has become a must-attend exhibition for event and meeting planners from the UK and Europe, and here at Cloud 9 we have been going pretty much since it started,.

It’s a great place for us to catch up with industry colleagues and meet existing suppliers – as well as discovering new ones. The event also features plenty of educational sessions, social events and of course the invaluable networking – it’s sometimes hard to make your appointments as you continually run into people you know.

The Meetings Show 2017 was the biggest edition of the show to date, with over 4,800 meeting and events professionals, attending to do business with over 700 suppliers who exhibited at the show and even those walking the floor and not hosting a stand, seem to be able to conduct some great meetings.

There is a new addition to the Show this year with the Pre-Show Conference exclusively for Hosted Buyers (which we are) and is taking place on Tuesday at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in West London and has been created in partnership with London Convention Bureau. It will have three main content streams for association, agency and corporate buyers so we are going to try and make this element as well.

As founding members of the AIEA, we are going along with our own hosted AIEA group again this year, and, in addition to our individual appointments we have some group appointments with Visit Belfast and Moulden Marketing as well as a collective meeting or two to discuss the forthcoming AGM and Carnival.
Like most industries, event planning boasts a wide range of trade show opportunities for professionals to attend and there seems to be more and more events all clamouring for our attention, and whilst each trade show presents planners with the chance to further their education, network with other professionals, and practice leadership skills in an environment designed to foster motivation and creativity, there simply is not the time to attend them all even in the UK – and- if you factor in the International ones you could become a trade show addict!
From Convene to IMEX, IBTM to M&IT, the possibilities are endless but do remember only to attend if you think you will have the chance to learn something new and provide a return on investment for the exhibitors – there are a few too many blaggers in our industry as we all know, so please make it count.
 But back to this week and we hope to catch up with some of you at The Meetings Show!
Have a great week.