Catering show axed after slowdown in stand bookings

Hotel, Catering & Retail Show

The 2018 edition of the Hotel, Catering & Retail Show has been postponed, organisers have confirmed.

Hale Events said stand sales were “not at the levels needed to present a show to market”, citing financial constraints as the main reason for the slowdown in bookings.

It will be the first time in the event’s 65-year history that it has not run.

The show was due to take place on 13-14 March 2018, but Hale said it was now “under review”.

Managing director, 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,” he said. “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.”

Mr Anderson refused to rule out the possibility that the show could be revived in future if more realistic costs for clients can be achieved.

He said it was important to the firm that the products it offers 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.”

Hale Events organise The Source trade show in Exeter, Expowest Cornwall in Wadebridge, and The Food & Drink Trade Show in Worcestershire.

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