The Conference and Hospitality Show achieves a 50 per cent rise in visitor registrations with stand space 75 per cent sold out

The Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 (CHS), the leading event in the North for event organisers and PAs, has achieved a 50 per cent rise in buyer and visitor registrations for the 2016 Show (when compared to 12 weeks before the show in 2015)

Over 75 per cent of floor space is sold - just 40 of the 170 stands are still available. The Scotland, Yorkshire and North East Zone have completely sold out with many of the other zones such as North West, Midlands, Ireland and Groups & Consortia only having a few stands available.

Now in its seventh year, the show boasts both UK and overseas exhibitors including Sandals and Beaches Resorts, VisitScotland, Rockingham Motor Speedway, Manchester City Football Club, Mercure Newcastle Country Hotel, Cvent, Center Parcs, Alton Towers, Saville Audio Visual, Pride of Britain Hotels, imago, Land Rover Experience, Handpicked Hotels and Nottingham Conferences.

Emma Cartmell, managing director of organisers CHS Group said; �The move to the world class first direct arena has proved very popular with visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors. The city centre location is attracting more buyers who will find it very easy to pop in to the show for an extended lunch break or a few hours. CHS16 is a one day event which helps exhibitors to limit precious time away from the office whilst maximising exposure to relevant buyers. Our team is on target to completely sell out by the end of February! CHS has grown steadily every year since its inception in 2009 and is on target to reach the 40 per cent growth we want to achieve for 2016.�

Running alongside the show will be two focused education streams � one specialising in PAs and one for event organisers. Visitors will also be able to benefit from the Show�s established hosted buyer programme.

The Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April at the first direct arena, Leeds


CHS Group

CHS Group is a leading event and exhibition organiser � specialising in creating events that bring together national venues, hotels and industry suppliers with corporate event planners, venue finders and PAs based outside of London.

Their flagship event is the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) which is the leading event in the North for event organisers, venue finders and PAs. The show is now in its seventh year and for 2016 it is relocating to the world class first direct arena in central Leeds and growing by 40 per cent. The event has a well-established hosted buyer programme and specialist education streams serving both the PA and the event organiser. CHS 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April at the first direct arena, Leeds.

CHS Group also organise the Independent Venue Road Show � an annual programme of events for a maximum of 20 independent hotels and venues to meet with pre-qualified buyers from around the UK. These appointment led events take place in an afternoon workshop, followed by dinner and networking in the evening. The gateway to access the Road Show is via the newly launched Independent Venue Show taking place in October 2015.

In addition, the company organises Destination Events where national and International Convention Bureaus bring together their trade partners to meet with UK buyers to promote their destination. A recent example is Tourism Ireland who appointed CHS Group to organise their �Ireland meets the North West� event at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, followed by dinner and entertainment at the Midland Hotel.

Emma Cartmell is managing director and an experienced event organiser and entrepreneur. Emma can comment on all event, exhibition and entrepreneurial topics. She is passionate about industry education, helping the next generation of students and taking a partnership approach to business.

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