22 March 2019
Over 5,000 attendees – representing the UK’s best restaurant, pub and bar operators – were out in force. This is an increase of 5% on last year’s visitor numbers. There were over 220 exhibitors and 50 keynote speakers showcasing the latest trends and developments in the casual dining market. Casual Dining is a unique forum for debate, networking and supplier showcases.
The feedback about the move has been incredibly positive, with 65% of exhibitors having already rebooked for next year, with many asking to take substantially bigger stands.
“I loved this year’s show,” Paul Lewis, head of food and drink at Prezzo, “It really delivered on showcasing new trends and growth markets. Great panels, and the new venue was fantastic, it gave more space to be able to network.”
Casual Dining is just one of a number of events that have relocated to ExCeL and seen significant success. So far in 2019 Short Stay, the hospitality, property and technology show was held at ExCeL for the first time, whilst The Education Show co-located with BETT following a move from the NEC. Learning Technologies, Europe’s leading showcase of organisational leaning and the technology used to support learning at work, relocated to ExCeL from Olympia.