Record-breaking numbers for CHS19 set to break £0.5m barrier

The Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS19) has hailed a record-breaking number of exhibitors, event space and visitors at its 10th anniversary show.

Organisers were thrilled with the results and the feedback they received from customers who enjoyed the show at Leeds’ first direct arena.

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 also attracted a high percentage of new exhibitors and visitors.

“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.”

Exhibition space at CHS19 had virtually sold out before Christmas 2018, while pre-registration was up 10 per cent from 2018. Footfall increased 10 per cent year on year with a record-breaking 1,350 attendees at the show and a 74 per cent conversion rate from pre-registration to show attendance. It’s a far cry from the show’s humble beginnings in 2009, when the Royal Armouries venue hosted 35 exhibitors, 250 visitors and Emma Cartmell was the only member of the team.

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 a record number of delegates, exhibitors and hosted buyers on the day.”

Exhibitor Theresa Ring of Visit Scotland said: “We love CHS, as it is such a strong platform to showcase Scotland as a MICE destination to a large and relevant audience. We caught up with lots of existing clients and made some great new connections too. This was a really good event for us, and we will definitely be back next year with bells on.”

The headline figures include:
• 35 per cent increase in new exhibitors
• 65 per cent repeat exhibitors
• 220 exhibitors
• 17 per cent increase in exhibition floor space to 1,010 sqm
• 7 educational workshops and seminars
• 150 hosted buyers (up from 100 in 2018)

Delegates enjoyed a packed schedule of events including keynote talks from TV chef Simon Rimmer, the PA’s, PA Nicky Christmas and Carol Ann Whitehead, who delivered an excellent session on true diversity in the events industry.

Jacob Scroby, account manager at Eventologists, said: “It’s such a good show, well organised and we love working with the CHS team, it’s always very slick and professional. The vast selection of exhibitors and attendees is such a draw and its always one of the first shows to confirm for our calendar.”