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Conference and Hospitality Show is on Tuesday

The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on 24 April to Leeds' first direct arena.

The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35% of the exhibitors being new additions for 2018.

Now in its ninth year, CHS caters for event organisers, venue finders and PAs, and organisers expect to bring 200 national suppliers all under one roof.

With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton and Visit Bristol, the 2018 show will again offer a diverse selection of groups.

2018 will also see the show's first industry ‘meet-ups’ held at the VIP Rockstar Bar. Visitors will be able to speak to industry professionals one-on-one and ‘meet-ups’ are designed to host a range of industry groups, including the Association of Independent Event Agents (AIEA), Delegate Wranglers, EventProfs who Learn (EWL). There is also a meet up specifically for PAs.

Attendees will be able to explore the exclusive Little Black Book Zone, which returns after a successful inaugural year in 2017. Dubbed the ‘go-to’ place for bookers looking to access restaurants, bars and private members clubs, this year sees the space expanded in a response to increased demand.

A variety of suppliers will feature again, including specialist event company Off Limits Group and entertainment agency Trevor George Entertainment. Thrill-seeking types will likely steer towards Lotus Driving Academy, and Big Chief Tipis will be in attendance with an alternative to the run-of-the-mill marquee.

CHS18 guest speakers include Julia Charles-Wiginton, entrepreneur and event organiser. She will share her experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.

Abigail Jones, executive assistant to Partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Law Firm will provide insight to EAs and PAs in attendance. Jones was shortlisted for PA of The Year for 2016 and 2017, and will explore the necessity of managing upwards in a demanding sector.

The Event Management Stream will welcome Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant. He will provide a practical guide for eventprofs on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.

Emma Cartmell, chief executive officer at CHS Group commented: “We are delighted to bring the show back to Leeds and re-affirm our commitment to the city as a fantastic conferencing destination. Not only do the first direct arena provide us with a brilliant venue, but we are indebted to the organisations which have provided support for the show. LeedsBID, Conference Leeds and Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, along with local suppliers and media, have all been a key part of our journey.”  

Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages and a VIP goody bag. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. Full information: www.chs18.co.uk