The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS), which returns to Leeds next week, contributes over half a million pounds to the local economy, an economic impact study has found.
The 2016 study, conducted by the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University, has revealed that the one-day annual event brings £566,925 to Leeds and the surrounding area.
CHS 2017 returns on 4 April to the first direct arena Leeds.
Emma Cartmell, CEO CHS Group, says: “Leeds has been the home of CHS since it was founded eight years ago, so it is very rewarding to discover the financial impact that it has on the area. LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) is a principal supporter and its investment helped us to keep the show in Leeds when it had outgrown two venues and our only option was to take a huge leap into a much bigger arena. I’m proud that our one-day event has such a significant impact.”
Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID’s chief executive, said: “Leeds is now the fifth most popular conferencing destination in the UK; It is essential we support the work in conveying that message to continue to attract leading conferences and events to the city of Leeds recognising the valuable contribution they make to the local economy.”
Organisers expect 200 national suppliers to connect with over 800 buyers and the show’s education programme this year offers sessions designed for event organisers, corporates and PAs.