The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading platform for the world’s meetings and events community, has welcomed the news that business meetings, conferences and events can resume in October as it unveils further plans for the 2020 hybrid show. 

Last week, the UK Government confirmed that business events, conferences, exhibitions and events centres are permitted to re-open on 1 October, if adhering to social distancing.  The British-Irish Airports EXPO at ExCeL London Monday and Tuesday 5/6 October is thought to be one of the first gatherings to benefit from the new rules.

The Meetings Show 2020, which has been rescheduled to October, will run a comprehensive, interactive virtual element alongside the live event to keep business meetings and events professionals connected and informed, wherever they are in the world. 

The live event at Olympia London on Monday and Tuesday19/20 October, will bring together pre-qualified buyers with exhibitors for valuable face-to-face meetings. A blend of live and virtual education sessions will also run throughout the event, providing insight and inspiration to the meetings and events community. 

Pre-qualified buyers unable to physically attend the show will be given the chance to attend one-to-one video meetings through a virtual platform on 19/20/21 October.

Supporting The Meetings Show’s objective of bringing the world’s meetings and events community together, the virtual element will be integrated with the live show, with anyone attending the event in-person also encouraged to access the virtual platform. 

The seamless, hybrid format is designed to enhance the experience for all attendees while making it easier than ever to book one-to-one meetings with hundreds of event suppliers, access hours of inspirational educational content and connect and interact with peers in new ways. 

The Meetings Show Event Director Jack Marczewski, said: “We welcome the government’s decision to provisionally announce a re-opening date of the meetings and events sector from 1 October. This is great news for the industry and we are looking forward to putting further plans into place for this year’s hybrid edition of The Meetings Show.” 

The show features destinations from over 50 countries across six continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.