No slowing down for retirement shows
by Annie Byrne
Pro Publications International's Retirement Shows are on track for growth in 2010, with the latest event in Glasgow reporting a 10 per cent increase in visitor numbers. Glasgow’s Retirement Show attracted 6,000 visitors according to pre-audited figures, 30 to 40 per cent of which attended the inaugural show last year. Word of mouth communication attracted almost a third of new visitors.Director of Pro Publications, Robert McCaffrey, says the Manchester and London editions of the show are also on target for growth in 2010. “All three shows are expected to be larger in size and with more exhibitors in 2010. The fourth Retirement Show in London in July is currently forecast to increase in size by up to 50 per cent.”Following market research, McCaffrey will be introducing a charge for the London event for the first time in 2010, and will roll this out to the other shows in 2011 for their fourth editions. “Visitors say the show is a good day out and worth paying for.”Meanwhile, the company is launching its first exhibition and conference in Saudi Arabia in 2010 to take advantage of the Saudi government’s continued investment in infrastructure. Running in conjunction with local partner, Saudi Readymix, Global Cement and Concrete Saudi Arabia will take place 1-3 February, and is expected to attract 30 exhibitors from around the world.