The Hotel, Catering and Retail Show ‘postponed’ for 2018 as stand sales fail to hit target

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The Hotel, Catering and Retail Show, due to take place in March 13-14 2018, has been postponed, due to poor stand sales.

The exhibition, which is held in Bournemouth’s BIC, send out a statement to say stand sales were not at the levels required at this time of year, so had taken the decision to postpone the event.

The exhibition is now ‘under review’ with the possibility that it may take place again, ‘if more realistic costs for clients can be achieved’.

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Organisers Hale Events, which acquired The Hotel, Retail and Catering Show in 2016, said it was a ‘difficult decision to make’ after the show boasts a 65-year history.

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.

We have enjoyed working with the partner organisations, exhibitors and visitors who support this trade show. 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.”

Hale Events also organises The Source trade show, Expowest Cornwall, and The Food & Drink Trade Show targeting similar markets within the food and hospitality sectors.

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