BUSINESSES in the hotel and catering industry on the Fylde coast are gearing up for one of the most important dates on the calendar.
The Lancashire Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Exhibition returns to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for a second year on April 6 and 7, and with just 25 stands remaining, looks set to be a sell-out.
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the show.
Exhibitors and show sponsors are already making plans for the two-day event, which gives them the opportunity to meet with both customers and potential clients, as well as showcasing their products.
With the event being staged just before Easter, it’s an important and exciting time for businesses in the industry as it marks the start of a new season.
This year’s show is being sponsored by Fylde coast accountants Jones Harris and Rawcliffe & Co, as well as renowned ceramics manufacturer Villeroy and Boch.
Mark Loynton, of Villeroy & Boch, said: “I visited the show last year and was really impressed with the organisation, footfall and the varied range of hospitality industry visitors, some of whom were my customers.
“It’s great that we have this show to exhibit our products right on the doorstep of our customers and prospects alike in Lancashire. It was with this in mind that I had no hesitation in booking a stand – and coupled to that we are a proud sponsor of this year’s show.”
Other exhibitors were also quick to praise the event. Reece Bywater, catering development manager at Booker Wholesale, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the show. As one of the largest cash and carry businesses in the country, it was very useful for us last year to be able to meet many of our customers from the Blackpool area.”
One new feature this year will be a series of presentations by some of the country’s leading tourism organisations about their plans for the coming year.
Among those taking part will be Merlin Entertainments, Crown Leisure, Lytham Hall, Preston Guild Hall and the Sandcastle Water Park.
Another attraction will be the Lancashire Young Student Chef of the Year competition.