Distributors, suppliers and end users flocked to this year’s Hotelympia, as it recorded a total of 26,000 attendees between 29 February and 3 March in London’s Excel Centre.
This represents an increase of 15% from the 2014 edition.
Nearly 1,000 exhibitors set their stands out across the show’s 300,000ft2, a significant proportion of which was taken up by the catering equipment section.
Seminar sessions saw the latest design trends, industry insight, sustainable best practice and hospitality technology hotly debated, while the Hotelympia 2016 Innovation Award for Catering Equipment was scooped by Carpigiani’s Multiple Choice multifunctional gelato and milkshake maker.
Exhibitors praised this year’s show, including CESA director, Keith Warren: “The strength of the partnership between Hotelympia and CESA has helped develop the attendance of the show, particularly in respect of group buyers.
“Put simply, Hotelympia is undoubtedly the strongest exhibition for catering equipment suppliers,” he said.
Furthermore, Utopia Tableware’s business development manager, Rosalind Atkins, commented: “Hotelympia went really well, Monday was surprisingly very, very busy and our best day by far.
“The quality and volume of leads has been fantastic, and we gained some contacts that we didn’t imagine we’d ever get.”
The end of day two of the show also saw Hotelympia’s traditional gala dinner celebration, The Big Event, welcoming over 550 people.
Attendees were treated to a St David’s Day-themed menu and entertainment, and the night raised over £70,000 for the Springboard Charity.
Toby Wand, MD at Fresh Montgomery, said: “Thank you to everyone who made the show such a massive success; we’re proud to yet again provide the perfect platform for our innovative exhibitors to do what they do best, proud to provide visitors with the most relevant tools and insight to face 2016 head-on, and immensely proud to smash 2014’s attendance record.
“We’re also particularly pleased with the quality of visitor. My team was inundated with praise from exhibitors, many of which had been mobbed by group buyers and those with purchasing clout. Proof if it were needed of the unique opportunity that this show presents.
“With so many exhibitors signing up to do it all again in 2 years’ time, we can’t wait for Hotelympia 2018.”