ExCeL London has announced that 24 relocated or new shows will be coming to the venue for the first time, making 2020 its ‘best year on record’ for exhibitions.
The arrival of these shows coincides with the 20th anniversary of ExCeL opening. According to the venue, the last decade has seen ‘exponential growth, both through the number of events hosted and visitors attending’.
Among the relocations and new shows are Mash Media’s International Confex, Clarion Events’ Counter Terror Expo, Terrapinn’s The World Aviation Show, Easyfair’s Clinical Cosmetic Regenerative Expo, CloserStill Media’s shows Technology For Marketing and E Commerce Expo, and PPS Publications Ltd’s British-Irish Airports EXPO.
2019 saw 14 re-locations and new launches, including Brand Licensing Europe and EGX hosted at the venue for the first time. Both of these events are returning in 2020, along with ‘world leading’ events like MCM Comic Con, World Travel Market, ICE Totally Gaming and BETT.
ExCeL is currently the host venue for 400 events, welcoming 40,000 exhibiting companies and 4m people, from all over the world. These events deliver £4.5bn in economic impact, support 37,600 jobs and drive 25 per cent of London’s inbound business tourists.
As growth in use of the venue for major events continues, ExCeL has said it is ‘committed to sharpening its focus on operating sustainably, by working with partners to substantially reduce single-use plastic and energy consumption, whilst increasing recycling rates – building on the work already completed to date’.
Executive director of Exhibitions for ExCeL London, Simon Mills, said: “We are continually seeking to improve the guest experience by investing in the venue and working collaboratively with our partners in London.
“As a result of this work, we’re delighted to confirm that 24 new shows will be either relocating to or launching at ExCeL in 2020.
“As the number of events here continues to grow, we look forward to working with new and existing customers on achieving their objectives through our flexible, high-quality event space and London’s unique offering.”
Managing director for Terrapinn, Sean Willis, said:“We are really excited to be bringing three more shows to ExCeL London this year. Spark, taking place from June 30 to July 1, will be an engaging, collaborative and global event, with carefully curated content about disruptive innovation in relation to the world’s energy challenges. The World Aviation Festival is a fast-growing event, which has seen attendee numbers increase by 340 per cent since 2016, bringing together all types of global airlines, airports and industry tech providers. It will be at ExCeL September 23 – 25. WLTH, a wealth & asset management show, is also launching at ExCeL this year, on October 21 to 22.
“The hard work begins now, working with ExCeL to ensure we deliver the very best events that will spark ideas, innovations and relationships for our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees and we’re certain ExCeL is the right place for us to grow these events while making them highly-engaging and relevant. We can’t wait for the year ahead!”
Director of Closer Still Media, organiser of Technology For Marketing and E Commerce Expo, Graeme Howe, said: “The growth of E-Commerce Expo, in particular – but both shows, since we bought them – has been amazing. Visitors have increased by over 30 per cent and the reality is that we have outgrown Olympia.
“Given the cutting-edge nature of the events and the two industries that they cater for, it is also important that the venue we use is modern. So we’re hoping that visitor and exhibitor experience will be better in that regard at ExCeL.
“It’s already looking like the decision to move the shows has been a good one. We have already seen year-on-year growth of stand square meterage, which is up 56 per cent year-on-year and it will definitely be the biggest these two shows have ever been. That’s great for us, great for exhibitors and great for visitors.”
The 24 relocated and new events added to ExCeL for 2020:
Intelligent Health – Inspired Media
International Confex – Mash Media
Future Health Expo – Future Health Expo Ltd
ITEC – Clarion Events
J Trade – J Trade
Counter Terror Expo – Clarion Events
Commercial Kitchen – Diversified
The British-Irish Airports EXPO – PPS Publications Limited
Spark 2020 – Terrapinn
Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo – Prysm Group (at ExCeL London in September)
The World Aviation Festival – Terrapinn
IAAPA (Euro Attractions Show) – IAAPA
Technology For Marketing & Advertising – CloserStill Media
E Commerce Expo – CloserStill Media
CCR (Clinical Cosmetic Regenerative) – Easyfairs
Smart Buildings Show – Turret Group
Musical Con – Neighbourhood Events Ltd
WLTH – Terrapinn
European Pizza & Pasta Show – IPR Connections
Destination Star Trek – Showmasters Ltd
FutureScape – Eljays 44
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe – Elite Exhibitions Ltd
Elemental – Professional Trade Events
(One further show has been contracted and will be announced later in January)