The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18), which took place 24 April at Leeds’ first direct arena, saw a 19 per cent increase in visitor numbers compared to the previous year.
The event welcomed a range of event organisers, PAs and meetings professionals from across the UK.
Over 230 venue and event suppliers travelled to Leeds for the show, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors brand new for 2018. Media partner Conference News, sister publication to EN, was also in attendance.
This year saw the shows first industry ‘meet ups’, which was cited by visitors as a particular highlight of the day, providing opportunities for visitors to speak to industry professionals at the VIP Rockstar Bar. The show’s hashtag #CHSRocks made it to number two in the UK twitter trending hashtags on the day.
Emma Cartmell, chief executive officer at CHS Group commented: “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.”
2019 will be the show’s 10th year and is set to be a fantastic celebration of the group’s achievements over the past decade. CHS19 will take place on 30 April 2019 at Leeds first direct arena.