Meet Bristol Convention Bureau has hosted post Meetings Show fam trips for the past two years. Both trips have been supported by the Meetings Show’s hosted buyer team, who have worked hard to qualify candidates, producing an extensive choice of buyers from a variety of industries. When planning a destination fam trip, availability of quality buyers is the most important factor, therefore good timing is essential. Hosting a trip after the Meetings Show provides a unique opportunity to secure the time of international buyers who are already in the UK for the show.

This year’s trip was a great success and consisted of a mixture of activities, culinary experiences and venue visits. Eight buyers from seven different countries attended, from nearby South Wales all the way to Canada.

Lyndsey Rafferty, Association Bid Manager for Conference Partners International, had this to say about the trip:

After attending The Meetings Show, I was fortunate enough to be included in the Bristol fam trip. The trip was jam-packed and showcased the best that Bristol has to offer, with an option for every type of budget. The hotels, attractions and activities opened my eyes to a city I knew very little about until this trip and certainly gave me a better understanding of how events can work well in the city. I believe that you can only understand how complex conferences and events can take place in a destination when you’ve visited yourself. Being able to see first-hand how the destination, infrastructure and venues/locations all work together is something that you can’t find online. Fam trips are the most beneficial and cost-effective way of achieving this and are also offer a unique opportunity to network with peers within the industry and begin building relationships with colleagues within the destination, something which will always remain invaluable, even in this digital age.

‘I found the Meet Bristol fam trip to be one of the best I have attended and I now have a greater understanding of Bristol as a whole, which will allow me to place relevant business there in the future.’

Meetings Show FAM Trip Kiln

The trip began at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, an ideal location for exploring the city and a stone’s throw away from the picturesque harbourside, where many of the key attractions and venues are situated. Dinner was served at the Kiln, a 17th century listed building that has been transformed into a restaurant.

The group participated in a street art tour with a local artist, then took a light lunch at The Bristol hotel. A private boat collected everybody outside of the hotel and sailed across the harbourside to the historic Brunel’s SS Great Britain, for a tour of the facilities and the option to ‘Go Aloft!’ and climb the ship’s rigging.  

The evening’s events began with a private planetarium show at We The Curious, Bristol’s science museum, followed by a short walk to the luxurious Hotel du Vin for dinner and drinks.

Helen Applin, Sales Manager at Hotel du Vin commented:

‘Hotel du Vin is always pleased to support Meet Bristol with destination fam trips as they offer a unique opportunity to show case our venue and service offering to potential new clients for both the hotel and the city’.


To finish the trip, the group ventured out of the city centre to visit Aerospace Bristol, where they stepped aboard the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last to be built and the last to fly. Followed by a trip to Ashton Gate Stadium, the largest conferencing venue in the South West. Finishing up with drinks overlooking the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, on the terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel, a newly refurbished venue in one of Bristol’s most affluent areas.

Fam trips are a key part of the Meet Bristol strategy as they give potential clients the opportunity to experience the city first-hand, take part in uniquely Bristol activities and to engage with local suppliers which is a great way to showcase what Bristol can offer business event planners.

These trips provide the perfect opportunity to build effective working relationships as well as to educate the attendees about the cities extensive MICE offering.