Meet Bristol Convention Bureau manager Amy Bramhall explains why MEET South West (31 January) is a must-attend trade show for events professionals.

It’s that time of year again where we need to review activities and ROI to plan for the future. As part of our promotional activity, Meet Bristol attends a selection of industry and trade events each year.

We have two key objectives and these help us decide which events are most worthwhile. The first is to promote Bristol as a business events destination, telling stories around the offering here and raising awareness of our economic strengths, venue and experience options, and the talent in the South West region. The second is to attract and convert new business for the city and the surrounding areas.

Mercure Bristol Grand stand at MEET South West

Image credit: Captured by Liam

The first event of this calendar year for us is MEET South West at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. Co-founded by three local enthusiastic and dedicated events professionals, MEET South West is an events industry trade show with a focus on representing all areas of the industry. Collaborating with some of the best suppliers, venues and speakers in the area, the event aims to spark creativity, encourage curiosity and learning.

Now in its second year the show promises to deliver inspiring educational content by a range of top speakers. They include one of Meet Bristol’s new conference ambassadors, Catherine Allen, CEO of Limina Immersive who will speak about virtual reality for events and our Head of Tourism Kathryn Davis, who will give her top tips on remaining distinctive in a crowded market. Martin Fullard, Editor of Conference News, will also share his predictions for events in 2020.

Adam Richards Magic performing at MEET South West

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We’re excited to be an alliance partner of MEET South West for the second year running. The South West has so much to offer and is well connected to worldwide destinations with Bristol Airport offering flights to over 120 destinations. Plus, it’s very accessible from other major UK destinations with Great Western Railway offering discounted rail fares for delegates – pay just £44.00 for an anytime open return from London Paddington into Bristol stations.

Bristol has many new exciting projects in the pipeline, including potential new large-scale conferencing facilities. The city is also receiving an increasing amount of interest from incentive travel organisers. This allows local suppliers to showcase their unique and exciting offers and experiences to clients from all over the world, plus presents ideal opportunities to collaborate with neighbouring cities such as Bath to create longer, more varied regional experiences.

Popular incentive activities include street art and spray or Banksy tours, vineyard tours and tastings, and model making sessions with the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations. 

Creating an animation with Morph on Aardman away day

Image credit: Aardman Animations

MEET South West will take place on Friday 31 January 2020 at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. Book your free place here

About the author

Amy manages Meet Bristol Convention Bureau and is tasked with promoting Bristol as a business destination internationally. She oversees Meet Bristol's range of free expert services including venue and accommodation booking, bid preparation for events and connections with conference ambassadors and suppliers. Find out more about Amy and her team here

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