The second edition of the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show (HPI) returned to NEC in Birmingham in November and proved itself to be the country’s unmissable event for the holiday park sector.
Bigger and more vibrant than ever, HPI ran alongside the Farm Business Innovation and Country House Innovations Shows covering halls 8 and 9 of the NEC, with an overall audience totalling 7,898 leisure business owners.
The event served as a platform for 300 suppliers to showcase their products and services, combined with networking opportunities and over 150 seminars, live demonstrations, live debates. Among the distinguished speakers to take part were Away Resorts CEO Carl Castledine, Drayton Manor Park Director George Bryan and Abbey Oladapo, lead trainer at Google’s Digital Garage.
Event Organiser Will Mansfield commented: “HPI is renowned for attracting the country’s most revered holiday parks, accommodation suppliers, and industry inspirations to form its line-up of seminars and suppliers to pass on their visionary knowledge and guidance, and November’s show continued this proud tradition.” This year also saw the very first Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Industry Awards, with exhibitors competing for accolades across three separate categories: Innovation, Enterprise, and Entertainment.
GFR Tech Ltd took home the Innovation Award for ‘Line Cheetah,’ their innovative new mobile ordering app; 360 Karting/ Ensol 360 Ltd won the Enterprise Award for their services in rental karting track concept, design, installation, and equipment; and Active Connections took the Entertainment accolade for their innovative Glowsports sporting experience.
HPI organisers are promising that the 2017 show will be the brand’s greatest spectacle yet, with more speakers, suppliers, seminars, and features than ever before and the launch of the Family Attraction Expo.