The 2011 edition of the Conference and Hospitality Show, which opened
today (17 March) at Savile’s Hall Leeds reported a jump in exhibitor
numbers from 45 last year to 70.
Show Director Emma Cartmell told CN new
exhibitors included Marriott Hotels, Lincolnshire Showground and
Otterburn House. “The new hosted buyer programme supported by partners
including Radisson Blu, Weetwood Hall and the University of Leeds,
helped boost the show’s visitor numbers, with 600 registered this time.
Conference Leeds hosted a buyers lunch and CN
Editor Paul Colston chaired a panel discussion on change and challenges
within the events industry. Speakers included industry guru, writer and
Derby University consultant Richard John, as well as Rick Squires,
founder of the Events Freelancers Database FreeSourceUK.com
Blaskey on the subject of Live Marketing and Hospitality Hour included a
demonstration of the New Zealand rugby hakka’s power as a conference
“We want to grow the show further in 2012,
particularly in the hospitality arena,” said Cartmell. “This year
attracting sponsorship was easier than in 2010 and we’re particularly
pleased with our relationship with national media partner Conference
Cartmell said the demise of Event UK and Moorfield Media’s RSVP North opened significant new opportunity for her show.
As to whether there was sufficient market in the northern ’gap’, Cartmell told CN that “it’s all about attracting more visitors, and that’s where we will concentrate efforts next year”.
Hull and East Yorkshire’s Anna Lamb said the show had been “good with
interest in our region strong, including from the likes of Yorkshire
Water and Hallmark Cards”.
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