Last week some of the dt team went along to The Meetings Show at Olympia London. We had a number of our lovely clients attending the show with eye-catching stands, fun activities, drinks receptions, presentations and even an appearance from The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir!
This year was Ken’s 10th show anniversary becoming the in-house Meetings Show pro while for some of us it was a completely new experience.
Below is a collection of highlights from the team.
It’s rare to be surrounded by friendly faces on a hot Tuesday morning in London, but everyone descending on Olympia heading to day one of The Meeting Show had a spring in their step. My sense of direction isn’t great, I’m like Joey from Friend’s, who on his visit to London laid his map on the floor and stepped inside to get his bearings, sadly the show guide wasn’t big enough for me to do this. So I set off, head craning at the stand numbers, on the hunt first of all for coffee! I spent the morning with one of our newest clients, Mark Cooper CEO of IACC as well as visiting the team on London & Partners (fantastic biscuit selection by the way) and the team on the Arora stand. I had a meeting in Fulham at noon, so while my visit was short, it was sweet (nod to the biscuits again). See you all next year!
The end of day one at the Meetings Show was a particular highlight with the lustrous voices of the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir serenading delegates from the Wales stand. The choir certainly helped the International Convention Centre Wales at Celtic Manor Resort – attending The Meetings Show for the first time – to create a memorable splash. Those amongst the dt team with Welsh heritage particularly enjoyed the rendition of Men Of Harlech with its exhortation to “see the Saxon flee before us”.
The Jockey Club Venues stand was beautifully designed, while it focused on their events offering it kept their grass roots front of mind with a sporting theme – you knew you were at a Jockey Club stand with the ‘grass’ on the floor and the warmth of the team.
We had great feedback from Mihri Miralem at VisitScotland following her interview with BQ Live on day one. Mihri thought the interview went exceptionally well, she felt relaxed and was able to discuss Scotland House and new business developments.
One of the biggest highlights for me was The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir on the ICC Wales Stand. This attracted attention to their stunning stand shared with Celtic Manor and Visit Wales who had all come together for The Meetings Show.
I went along to The Meetings Show on day two, it was my first time attending so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
It was really lovely to catch up with clients and journalists as well as meeting a number of new faces.
The Jockey Club Venues stand was full of character and had lots of fun activities including a horse buzz wire which let out a horse noise every time you accidentally touched the wire. The drinks reception was incredibly busy with everyone keen to try the ‘Queen’s Tipple’ cocktail, served by the talented mixologist Claudio, and have a selfie with the Queen (well a life-size cut-out!)
Catching up with the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre was great. The build is developing week-on-week and the team are so excited about the new venue, which really came through when they were talking to visitors. The Friday before the show I got to have a sneak peek of the build it’s really is beginning to take shape, I’m so excited for the big reveal early next year!
It was fantastic to see all of our hard work pay off and help our clients to have the best experience possible. I’m already looking forward to next years!