The 2013 Conference and Hospitality Show in Leeds, which claims to be the only Meetings Industry Expo outside of London, was attended 30 April at the Centenary Pavilion Leeds, by over 600 meetings industry professionals from across the UK.
Show Director, Emma Cartmell of CHS Group, said: “We had 250 VIPs through the door in the first two hours of the Show, so we were thrilled with the results of our campaign to attract high profile meeting and event planners”.
The one-day event had over 100 exhibitors from across the UK and Ireland, including Center Parcs, Visit Scotland, Tourism Ireland, The Goring Hotel, Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Pride of Britain Hotels and many local Leeds based hotels such as The Marriott, Radisson Blu and De Vere.
Agency buyers came from Expotel and BSI and corporate events planners from many of the legal and financial businesses that Leeds is renowned for such as Lloyds Banking, Ernst and Young and Grant Thornton.
Guests were able to visit 11 seminars across three stages, an interactive demo zone with live cookery demonstrations by top chefs, a virtual graffiti wall, cocktails from ’The Cocktail Stig’ and a Japanese garden with Geisha and Sushi.
The last hour of the Show – Hospitality Hour – is always a closely guarded secret and this year The Vegas Showgirls took to the stage whilst the guests danced to ’Viva Las Vegas’.
Nicola Lockwood, Head of Conference Leeds, part of Leeds and Partners said: “We are delighted to continue supporting the Conference and Hospitality Show. It is a key part of the business tourism economy for the city and it reinforces Leeds’ position as one of the UK’s top meeting destinations. This year has seen a step change and is definitely the most successful yet.”
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