Besides an exhibition area, Confex aims to lead the debate on the future of the events industry through education, networking and content. The theme encompasses these trends in the show’s slogan: ‘Setting the Agenda for Tomorrow’.
The theme will be reflected on the stands of over 500 businesses and brands, from venues, catering companies, event technology brands, to event support services which will be showcasing new event products. The show will be split into multiple areas covering various aspects of event creation (destinations and venues, event support services, event management companies, event technology…).
The show allows visitors to pre-schedule meetings with specific businesses when registering, however they are not hosted and so have the option to visit the stands they want.
International Confex will also see a large conference for event professionals, with multiple streams curated to spread ideas and inspiration. The show has linked in with a series of partners that will contribute to the content, including the AEO, ILEA UK and the Association of Association Executives
Starting with The Sales Conference, in partnership with the AEO, this programme will feature trends and motivational sales techniques. A series of sessions ‘fuelled by ILEA UK’, will look at the perspectives of businesses and brands in engaging the events industry.
The Association of Association Executives will once again partner with International Confex to deliver the Association Day on day two (2nd March) of the show. Last year the event saw over 400 association buyers in attendance, over half of which chose to attend the educational programme and sponsored lunch created for them to network and share perspectives.
On top of the educational programming will be the return of one of the quickest growing features in the show; EventTech 17 which will include products from delegate management systems to social media amplification, from RFID and NFC audience communication. It will of course include its own education seminar.
International Confex will also once again co-locate with the Event Production Show. Owners Mash Media will also be encouraging audiences of both shows to visit *office, the PA (personal assistant) show, which will also have its own dedicated area with relevant education and the best support services.
The shows will form an integral part of UK Events Week which returns for the second time from 27th February – 3rd March to bring together content from across the industry, as well as marketing and business, to form a festival of events.