Pivotal year for tourism

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Malcolm Bell

2010 will be a pivotal year for Cornwall’s tourism business as the sector has the opportunity to build on progress made during 2009 despite the weather and recession – according to Cornwall’s new tourism chief.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, was speaking as businesses prepare for Cornwall’s biggest catering and hospitality show expowest Cornwall, which in 2010 is celebrating its 30th year at the forefront of supporting the county’s businesses.

expowest returns in 2010 with a comprehensive range of exhibitors offering everything to meet the needs of anyone in the hospitality and catering industry and now also the care and nursing home sector.

The expowest Cornwall event, to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on March 2, 3 and 4, has over the last three decades become firmly established as a crucial trading time for businesses as they look to plan for the coming season and will feature a wide range of local and national suppliers.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, said: “Despite the wider economic gloom 2009 was a steady season for most in the tourism and catering industry and we have to take that as a positive. However, to ensure we continue to build on this momentum, businesses must be prepared to look ahead and think about how they can be innovative.

“All businesses serious about catering and hospitality in Cornwall should be thinking about attending shows like expowest Cornwall. Staying alert and keeping ahead in the sector is the key to success and events such as expowest gives businesses the opportunity to stay on top of their game by planning ahead for the coming season and getting the best deals.”

Peter Sugden, MD of Truro-based organisers Exhibitions South West, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th year in Cornwall and to once again be bringing forward the single biggest opportunity for business across the hospitality , catering and care sectors to find all the goods and services they need all under one roof.

“Once again, there will be a massive range of exhibitors, with regional and national suppliers at the Cornwall event showcasing a huge variety of traditional and brand new products.”

Sugden added: “Booking levels have been strong and there is still space available for businesses looking to exhibit. The event should be a barometer to the coming season and give businesses the opportunity to effectively plan ahead and get the best possible deals from the exhibitors.”

People attending expowest will include owners and managers of hotels, guest houses, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and convenience food outlets as well as people from the care and nursing home sector and educational establishments planning and preparing for the up-coming season.

At the expowest Cornwall events Business Link will be hosting a series of seminars and workshops for business owners and managers in the catering, hospitality and care sector wishing to improve their business for the benefit of their customers.