RSVP: Show Preview - RSVP

The show for corporate event organisers has moved home and added an array of major new features.

RSVP is back for a second outing, but this time at a different venue. The event, which aims to showcase all the latest products and services available for corporate event organisers, will take place at Olympia, London from 2-3 April.

Visitors to the exhibition will come face-to-face with a vast range of offers from party organisers, venues, lighting specialists, marquee suppliers and many other event service suppliers.

Tim Etchells, managing director at show organiser Single Market Events, expects 260 exhibitors and twice as many as last year's 3,995 visitors to attend the event. The growth is due in part to the move to Olympia from the show's original home, the Business Design Centre.

Etchells claims the state of the industry is also a factor. "There was less money spent on corporate parties in 2002 than in any other year," he explains. "It means companies are more hungry for new business, and attending RSVP means they will generate new leads. The old way of picking up business through word of mouth has gone."

Single Market Events has devised new features and refined last year's format to try to entice more visitors to the exhibition. The biggest addition is the Amazing Effects Theatre, which is being put together with lighting company Blackout and audio supplier Dobson Sound. The blacked-out area has been created to dazzle prospective clients with lighting, laser and special effects displays.

E/T/C UK is one supplier that will be showcasing its products in the area. The large-format graphic projection supplier, which was behind the spectacular lighting display over Buckingham Palace in London during last summer's Golden Jubilee festivities, will be demonstrating its PIGI projector, which can project images up to 30 metres wide.

Other additions to the exhibition include The Champagne Louis Roederer Bar and the RSVP Restaurant.

The Party Talks seminars return to give advice on topics ranging from 'How to make it a night to remember' to '50 ideas for a great day out'.

Also returning is the Bite Tastings area, which gives visitors the chance to taste the latest canape creations from the catering world, and the Spotlight stage, which showcases a host of live performers.

The second RSVP looks set to build on the success of last year's event, which was named 'Best New Event' and 'Best Conference or Exhibition Event' at the 2002 Corporate Event Awards.


Integrated event solutions outfit Concerto Group has the biggest stand at the show, taking up 150sqm, in order to showcase its offer from all six divisions - Business Pursuits, The Ultimate Experience, Witney UK, Create, Core Creative and Venueseeker.

The Science Museum is a first-time exhibitor at the show and the west London attraction will be promoting its Titanic the Artefacts exhibition as a themed space for corporate hire. The space will open to the public on 15 May, and will be available for clients to hold a sit-down dinner for 200 guests or a reception for 300.

Event management outfit The Finishing Touch will be giving details of its collection of Christmas party venues for 2003. Its team-building and activity division, Head Start Team Events, will be on hand with information about indoor team games, which include Art Attack and The Great Indoor Horse Race.

Debut exhibitor Harrods will be showcasing its corporate service and banqueting & events divisions. On stand will be details of the world-famous department store's spring and summer packages with bespoke menus, plus the launch of hampers for the corporate market.

The BA London Eye will be promoting its tie-up with yacht operator Indulgence Charters. The package involves champagne and canapes in a private capsule on the Eye, followed by a cruise and hospitality aboard a Sunseeker Predator 63 yacht for up to 12 passengers.

Event management company Fortesque's will be presenting its new party theme for 2003 at RSVP, called Imagination, which focuses on the five senses, with Imagination as the sixth sense.

The outift will also use the show to promote its summer and Christmas parties at its traditional Lincoln's Inn Fields location.

Corporate event organiser Mask Event, Design and Production will be out in force at the show, displaying its Christmas party packages and releasing its new corporate brochure on CD-Rom.

Excel will be reinforcing its availability to the events and hospitality market and emphasising its proximity to the City of London. The venue in London's Docklands will also showcase the increasing on-site accommodation, as well as new bars and restaurants.

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