The organisers of last week’s Hotelympia exhibition say 15% more visitors came through the doors than they did two years ago.
Fresh Montgomery, the company behind the event, said more than 26,000 visitors attended the four-day exhibition. The figures are subject to an ABC audit.
Those who participated were able to see catering equipment, supplies, food and drink, and technology from more than 1,000 suppliers spread across 300,000 square feet.
Toby Wand, managing director at Fresh Montgomery, said the company was “immensely proud” to smash 2014’s attendance record.
“We’re also particularly pleased with the quality of visitor,” he added. “My team was inundated with praise from exhibitors, many of which had been mobbed by group buyers and those with purchasing clout. Proof if it were needed of the unique opportunity that this show presents.”
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) had a stand at the show, while dozens of its members exhibited. Director Keith Warren said: “The strength of the partnership between Hotelympia and CESA has helped develop the attendance of the show, particularly in respect of group buyers. Put simply, Hotelympia is undoubtedly the strongest exhibition for catering equipment suppliers.”
Show highlights this year included The Staff Canteen Live – Skillery, which over four days was able to showcase one of the most stellar line-up of chefs ever amassed on UK soil.
Tom Kerridge, Clare Smyth, Simon Rogan, Graham Garrett, Claude Bosi, Nathan Outlaw and Angela Hartnett were among those chefs, sharing some 24 Michelin stars, to offer demos. Elsewhere, on day one, Anton Mosimann OBE, was inaugurated into the Hotelympia Hall of Fame in front of a packed audience.
On The Stage, meanwhile, hot topics such as the Brexit, the chef shortage, the proposed taxation on sugar, and the national living wage were put firmly under the microscope.