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Organisers behind the Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS19) are predicting a record-breaking number of exhibitors, event space and visitors for its tenth-anniversary show, which takes place on Tuesday, April 30th at the first direct arena in Leeds.

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Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS Group, said: “We’re delighted with the response we’ve had to the Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS19) this year.  We’re blessed with a really loyal following who come to CHS every year and the 10th anniversary status has also attracted a high percentage of new exhibitors and visitors this year who will get to experience Leeds hospitality for the first time.”

“The city has been very good to us and Leeds BID, who have described CHS as the conferencing ‘jewel in the crown’ has been a great support, particularly when we upscaled to first direct arena.  An economic impact survey estimated the show attracted £0.5m to the city in 2017, our estimates predict we are on target to substantially beat that figure this year.” 

It’s a far cry from the humble beginnings of the Conference & Hospitality Show in 2009, where the Royal Armouries venue hosted 35 exhibitors, 250 visitors and Emma Cartmell, was the only member of the team.  Leeds lends itself well as a conferencing destination in no small part to location and accessibility coupled with a warm Yorkshire welcome and guaranteed hospitality on arrival.

CHS Group Communications Manager, Julie Phillips, said: “We had a terrific start to the new year as exhibition space for the show sold out in record time.  We’ve broken a number of successive records in terms of new exhibitors, exhibition space and we predict a record number of over 1,300 delegates, exhibitors, and hosted buyers on the day.”

“CHS is the premier meetings, incentive, conference and events (MICE) shows outside of London and its reputation, and indeed, numbers have grown YoY to become one of the best events, venue and hospitality showcases in the industry calendar for event professionals.”

Some of the headline figures include:

  • 35% increase in new exhibitors
  • 65% are repeat exhibitors and many of the 143 have increased their exhibition floorspace
  • 220 exhibitors
  • 17% increase in exhibition floor space to 1010 sq m in 2019 (up from 940 sq m in 2018)
  • 1300 – 14000 delegates predicted to attend throughout the day
  • 5,300 cups of tea likely to be consumed
  • 7 educational workshops and seminars
  • 150 hosted buyers (up from 100 in 2018)
  • 750 tote goodie bags sponsored by MEETinLEEDS as part of its commitment to end single-use plastic by 2023

CHS19 will be a day packed full of events, including Keynote talks from TV celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, TED talker, coach and motivational speaker, Gavin Ingham, who will deliver his aptly named I am 10 presentation. 

There are seven educational sessions including Embracing true diversity in the events industry, led by Carol Ann Whitehead and the PA’s PA, Nicky Christmaswill head up a panel discussion how to create an amazing partnership with your Boss.

CHS19’s landmark anniversary provides a great platform for new exhibitors to promote their offer to a perfect audience of event professionals and buyers, PA’s, and EA’s.

Wyboston’s Lakes Resort will be promoting its newly transformed Woodlands Event Centre, beside The Emmerdale Studio ExperienceChelsea AFC,Everyman Media Group PLC, and The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience.