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Exhibition centre ExCeL London has said 2020 will be its best year ever with 24 new or relocating shows heading east to the Royal Docks.

It builds on the 14 new shows and launches at Excel London in 2019, which saw 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 World Travel Market, ICE Totally Gaming, BETT and MCM Comic Con.

ExCeL London heads into its 20th anniversary year hosting 400 events and welcoming 40,000 exhibiting companies and four million people. These events are responsible for delivering £4.5billion in economic impact, support 37,600 jobs and driving 25 per cent of London’s inbound business tourists.

Executive director of exhibitions Simon Mills said: “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 of global events company 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% 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 and asset management show, is also launching at ExCeL this year, on October 21 to 22.”

New shows

The relocating or new shows in full:

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, WLTH, The World Aviation Festival – Terrapinn; Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo – Prysm Group; IAAPA (Euro Attractions Show) – IAAPA; Technology For Marketing & Advertising, E Commerce Expo – CloserStill Media; CCR (Clinical Cosmetic Regenerative) – Easyfairs; Smart Buildings Show – Turret Group; Musical Con – Neighbourhood Events Ltd; 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.

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