Organisers of Northern events report increase in visitor numbers

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ManchesterCentralThe organiser of the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show and the organiser of the 50+ Show have both reported substantial increases in visitor numbers – both events, which took place at Manchester Central, reported positive visitor feedback.

This year’s Northern Restaurant and Bar Show reported a 13 per cent rise in visitors and a 60 per cent increase in onsite re-bookings for 2014.

The event attracted 5,700 publicans, bartenders, restaurateurs, hoteliers, chefs and deli owners from across the north of England.

Thom Hetherington, managing director at Holden Media, which organises the NRB Show, said: “Manchester Central is a perfect venue for us as its location and connectivity gives us a perfect catchment across the North, particularly the M62 corridor. Equally important is that our visitors and exhibitors love being in the heart of the city and use it as an opportunity to check out the best of Manchester’s burgeoning food and drink scene.”

Meanwhile the 50+ Show said it enjoyed almost a nine per cent increase in visitor numbers compared to last year’s show – 5,319 visitors enjoyed the two-day exhibition, and visitor feedback was extremely positive about using Manchester Central as a venue.

Angie Robinson, chief executive at Manchester Central, said: “We are delighted to learn that these two shows were so successful, with increased visitor numbers and increased re-bookings and interest for 2014.

“Manchester Central will continue to attract the biggest and best exhibitions and conferences and we work closely with our clients to help ensure success.”

Both events enjoyed Manchester Central’s free Wi-Fi in action and its new concierge service was also on hand to support visitors, exhibitors and organisers.