The last ever Hotelympia in its current guise has been hailed by visitors and exhibitors as a success, with new stages and immersive features providing new elements to the show.
The introduction of four contemporary events, united under one roof, aimed to add greater clarity to the show’s offering, with exhibitors reporting they met high quality visitors with purchasing power consistently throughout the four days.
Furthermore, organiser Fresh Montgomery has reported a record exhibitor reservations for Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show (HRC) 2020 – the new name for Hotelympia – as it continues to evolve and refine its offer, introducing an industry-first £150,000 hosted buyer scheme.
Portfolio director Ross Carter commented: “Without doubt the changes we sought to implement to the 2018 show have paid off for our exhibitors, who were able to connect with more quality delegates than ever before. We as organisers have been delighted with the response to plans to further focus the show offer, and this is reflected in the wave of stand reservations.”
The show also once again featured the International Salon Culinaire – divided into Live Theatre classes, young chef showcase, The Skills Theatre, fine dining challenge, La Parade des Chefs and the craft of Salon Display.
Hotelympia has now fully rebranded as the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show (HRC), returning the show to its original 1935 identity.
The move is designed to lend greater clarity to the event’s offer and further reinforce its relevance to the entire hospitality and foodservice sector.
Introduced in 2018, The Foodservice Show, The Professional Kitchen Show, Interiors and Tableware Show, Hospitality Tech Show and Café Commerce will continue as key pillars of the revitalised HRC proposition, sitting alongside chef competition, International Salon Culinaire.