The Conference and Hospitality Show 2013

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.

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’.

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