Event UK hails 'renewed optimism' as visitors rise by 27%

Event UK, which took place on 21-22 September, has reported a 27% increase in visitors, with 3,818 people attending compared to 2,800 in 2009.

Event UK hails 'renewed optimism' as visitors rise by 27%
Event UK hails 'renewed optimism' as visitors rise by 27%
The exhibition, organised by Confex, is billing the upturn as a sign of optimism returning to the event market.

Attractions at the show included Confex Knowledge keynote speaker Lord Digby Jones and talent competition the Next Big Thing, the winner of which receives a contract with entertainment agency Sternberg Clarke.

"There was a real vibe about the show and obvious positivity from our exhibitors. Business was being done on the show floor shortly after the doors opened thanks to the high calibre of visitors and senior decision makers in attendance," said director of Event UK Alison Willis.

The visitor numbers cited include attendance at the co-located events, Incentive & Promotional Marketing Live and Print for Business Live.

Last year's figure of 3,688 attendees included exhibitors and visitors to Event UK and its partner shows (Leisure Industry Week, Call Centre Expo, SME and Group Leisure Travel Trade Show and Incentive & Promotional Marketing show).

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