Record figures for Haymarket Exhibitions

Haymarket Exhibitions has ended 2008 on a high, with increased attendances at all of its shows and rebookings for 2009 up, in some cases by 46 per cent.

Stuff Live incorporating What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, both held at Excel London at the end of October started the trend with a gate increase of 22 per cent year-on-year and stand sales up by 16 per cent.

The BBC Good Food Show London in mid-November recorded a gate increase of 17.5 per cent year-on-year and a rebooking rate up by 30 per cent year on year, while the Birmingham show at the end of November saw 46 per cent of exhibitors rebook their stands at the show.

Clothes Show Live in early December rounded off the year in style attracting more than 185,000 visitors and featuring a new Fashion Theatre hosting the hottest catwalk looks and live acts from up and coming bands.

"The latter part of the year has been challenging and in common with the rest of the industry we have seen a drop in stand sales across the board," said group managing director Simon Daukes. "But these last few weeks' results have been fantastic, and very satisfying for all of us at Haymarket Exhibitions.

Amidst all the doom and gloom we're delighted to be able to say that the past few weeks have been great for us," he added.


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