The Hotel & Catering Show in Bournemouth is under new ownership following a deal completed last week.
Hale Events Ltd, based in Axbridge, Somerset, has acquired the exhibition from Surrey-based Evisstar which has been running it for the last 3 years. The event itself is one of the UK’s longest running hospitality and food service events, with over 50 years’ history.
The trade show hosts exhibitors including catering equipment suppliers and kitchen designers, among other hospitality and catering industry firms. The next event is scheduled for 8-9 March 2016 at the Bournemouth International Centre.
The private sale, for an undisclosed sum, adds to Hale Events’ trade show portfolio, which includes ‘The Source’ food show in partnership with Taste of the West, at Westpoint, Exeter, ‘Expowest Cornwall’ in Wadebridge, and ‘The Food and Drink Trade Show’ at Cheltenham, again in partnership with Taste of the West.
It also enables Evisstar to focus on its core market of luxury travel events and director Richard Joslin said: “We have enjoyed our few years running this hotel and catering show, and the time is right for us now to give our full attention to our inVoyage event.”
Mike Anderson, MD of Hale Events commented: “We wish Richard and Debbie of Evisstar every success with their future. This acquisition is really exciting and strengthens our ‘stable’ of regional shows in the food, hotel, catering and hospitality industry. We will be working extremely hard to provide buyers and the exhibiting companies, with events that will meet their needs. We will be listening to and engaging with everyone involved, ensuring success for next year and for the future.”