It is with regret that we have to inform you that we are postponing the 2018 Hotel, Catering & Retail Show. Due to financial constraints, stand sales are not at the levels needed to present a show to market. The show was due to take place on Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th March 2018, but it is now under review. It may take place again in the future, if more realistic costs for clients can be achieved. The show has taken place for 65 years, so it was not an easy decision for us to make.
Our MD Mike Anderson said: “We have been organising successful trade shows for 25 years, and our customers’ needs are at the heart of all the decisions we make. We have not taken this decision lightly, but rising costs for many essential associated client services make this show very expensive compared to our other trade shows in similar markets, which has led to falling stand sales. It is important to us that the products we offer our customers give them value for money and a return on their investment. At this time, we do not feel able to do this in Bournemouth, and therefore we would prefer to postpone now and allow our clients to plan their trade show year with confidence, rather than leaving such a critical decision until the last minute”.
However, if you were interested in the show, either as an exhibitor or a visitor, then you’re in luck. We also organise The Source trade show in Exeter in February, Expowest Cornwall in Wadebridge in March, and The Food & Drink Trade Show in Malvern, Worcestershire in May. We still cater to the hospitality, catering, food & drink market – we’re just not able to do it in Bournemouth for the time being, and wherever you are in the South or South West, one of these shows will both inspire you and help your business grow.