Five percent more visitors at Hotel Show 2010

Exhibition pulls in business despite downturn organisers say


Organisers of the Hotel Show 2010 reported a five percent increase in visitors, despite the global economic downturn.

The show, which ran from 18-20 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, welcomed 363 exhibitors from over 35 different nations — including 130 from the UAE.

The Hotel Show sales director Ray Tinston said of the show’s success: “Considering the global downturn, a five percent increase in visitor numbers is a great achievement for The Hotel Show 2010.”

“This year continues to be tough for many exhibitors and visitors alike as budgets are heavily scrutinised but their attendance at The Hotel Show 2010 – and plans to return next year – is testament to the continuing strength of the exhibition,” Tinston added.

In addition to the turnout, exhibitors also praised the quality of visitors to the show, with many reporting a number of promising business leads.

JM Posner managing director Justin Posner had a very successful show, commenting: “I do believe that the people who have come along are actually people who do want to buy something which makes a difference. I think you’ve got the right people coming along.”

His opinion was shared by Meeting Point Group managing director Sufyan Al Muhaisen, who said: “This is our first time at The Hotel Show and we have already had some good leads. We will definitely be coming back next year.”

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