EXHIBITORS and tradespeople flocked to Skegness from across the UK for the East Coast’s premier hospitality show last week.
More than 1,300 hoteliers, restaurateurs and publicans descended on the town for the 29th annual Caterex Exhibition at the Richmond Holiday Centre on Wednesday and Thursday.
Organiser Colin Foran was delighted to see a healthy turn out, which he believes reflects the industry’s resilience to the economic downturn.
He said: “I think it went exceedingly well, all of the exhibitors were saying how well it went, with new contacts made and business possibilities created.
“With the recession on it was amazing to see so many people continuing to exhibit and visit the event - I think the industry is optimistic that we will continue to do well despite the economic problems.”
Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association organise the event to ensure the resort maintains its reputation as a focal point for the hospitality industry while attracting visitors during an otherwise quiet time of the year.
Local dignitaries including the Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk and chairman at East Lindsey District Council Coun Dick Edgington officially opened the proceedings on Wednesday morning.
Visitors were then able to view exhibitions offering everything imaginable for their professional needs from culinary delights to cleaning equipment all under one roof.
Two of the exhibitors have returned to the event every year throughout its 29-year-history while others were attending for the first time to take advantage of the wealth of networking opportunities available.
Preparations are already gearing up for next year’s 30th exhibition which will be held on February 6 and 7 at the Richmond Holiday Centre.
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