The show also reported that its hosted buyers attended 12,140 pre-scheduled appointments, which was a 28% increase in face-to-face meetings compared to 2014.
Overall combined hosted and visitor buyers were up more than 6% and both day one and day two at the show saw an increase in total visitor numbers compared to previous years.
The Association Meetings Conference also saw a substantial 49% growth, with 98 delegates attending. Director of The Meetings Show, Steve Knight, told C&IT that this was one of the best achievements of this year’s show.
"We are celebrating a significant success following this year’s Meetings Show and we are delighted that so many buyers and exhibitors are publically confirming its place and importance at the heart of the meetings industry," said Knight.
"Industrial action during the week was certainly a challenge but we met it head on, put a wide-ranging contingency plan in place and focused on minimising the impact. In fact, it is the nature of a hosted-buyer-led show to succeed in such challenging circumstances. All of our hosted buyers had individual transfers arranged by us that ensured their attendance and minimised inconvenience."
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