The sessions specifically focused on the need to attract the highest quality buyers from associations, agencies and corporates, whilst delivering a high quality education programme that all attendees can benefit from.
Chair of The Meetings Show UK Advisory Board and Managing Director of Kennedy Consulting, Paul Kennedy, said: "The Advisory Board and Education Panel provided a wealth of ideas and knowledge that will be of benefit to both buyers and suppliers attending The Meetings Show UK in July 2013.
"Whilst it was great to confirm that our ethos and plans for the show are supported by such credible industry experts, the real success was the number of new ideas, information and advice we received. Working in an open and honest manner we developed a range of ideas that will ensure The Meetings Show UK’s position as the market leading event for meeting professionals."
Chair of The Meetings Show UK Education Panel and Managing Director of The Right Solution, Sally Greenhill, said: "The meetings highlighted the need to deliver education in new, creative and focused ways. Attendees of all types want a relevant learning experience. The diverse range of skills and backgrounds around the table ensured a varied meeting with input from all sides of the industry."
As well as representatives from The Meetings Show UK, Paul Kennedy and Sally Greenhill, members of the Advisory Board include Rod Cameron, Managing Director Criterion Communications, Chris Parnham of Managing Director Operations Zibrant, Paul Simpson, Managing Director Visit Manchester, Ian Taylor, Commercial Director Marketing Birmingham, Tracy Halliwell, Director of Business Tourism London and Partners, Fiona Chappell, Business Development Director Melbourne Convention Bureau, Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales ACC Liverpool, Jackie Brown, Director of meetings and events sales Guoman and Thistle, Miha Kovacic, Director Slovenia Convention Bureau, Peter Ducker, Executive Director HBAA and Christian Mutschlechner, Managing Director Vienna Convention Bureau.
As well as Greenhill and Kennedy, members of the Education Panel include Elling Hamso, Managing Partner Event ROI Institute, Lesley Williams, Head of Association Sales Marketing Edinburgh, Angie Mason, Director Absolute Corporate Events, Heledd Williams, Head of Business Tourism Cardiff and Co., Annalisa Ponchia, Executive Officer European Society for Organ Transplantation, Juliet Price, Director Polygon Consulting, Caitriona Lavery, Sales Manager Hasting Hotels, Ireland, and Caroline Hill, Managing Director Compliant Venues.
The Meetings Show UK's Association Conference at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) on 8 July 2013 will kick-start the main event from 9-11 July at Olympia, London. Around 5,000 visitors are expected to visit the show, including 1,500 hosted buyers from across the UK and Europe.