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Conference and Hospitality Show 2018 sees record number of attendees

Visitors were up 19 per cent, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors brand new for 2018

Pictured: CHS18

This year's Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) at Leeds first direct arena saw a 19 per cent increase in visitor numbers from the previous year.
More than 230 venue and event suppliers travelled to Leeds for the group’s flagship show, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors brand new for 2018. New sponsors including Jockey Club and Meet in Ireland were in attendance at the sell-out show.
Emma Cartmell, chief executive officer at CHS Group, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to deliver a 19 per cent uplift in visitors for our exhibitors and sponsors, whilst giving our buyers a great experience in Leeds.
"Our next big event is the CHS awards evening on 31st May in Manchester so we’re looking forward to seeing some of our exhibitors and attendees from the show at the ceremony”.
This year saw the show's first industry ‘meet ups’, providing opportunities for visitors to speak to industry professionals at the VIP Rockstar Bar. 
There was a wide variety of venues on display from the vast such as Magna, Sheffield and St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent and home to England’s 28-national football teams and 13 full size pitches on its 330-acre site to intimate spaces such as D&D, London and Leeds and the Haversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley.
CHS18 also saw more destinations exhibiting than ever before, including Venues of Excellence, Destination Bristol, Lime Venues Portfolio and Destination Wolverhampton. National organisations Pride of Britain and Visit Scotland returned to the show, promoting the wider UK offering to visitors.
Keynote Jimmy Garcia held a captive audience with his inspiring story of success, including his experiences catering for internet giants Google and Facebook, while speakers Julia Charles-Wiginton and Abigail Jones provided fascinating insight into their areas of expertise.

A session on GDPR from senior director of marketing at Cvent, David Chalmers, proved exceptionally popular – with only a month to go until the deadline, event planners were keen to gain knowledge and understanding about best practice.
CHS19, the show's 10th edition, will take place on 30 April 2019 at Leeds first direct arena.

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