I enjoy trade shows. But, I confess, much more being on a booth than going around the show. So seeing "Hotelympia" on Tuesday and Wednesday was interesting, but I don't think I'll be going back next year - perhaps in 2010? And I found myself comforted by what I saw - that we do have most things right at the hotel
. So here are some pictures - observing people at the show and rather than the products.
A general view, with people wondering where to go - and I could add another show that I just missed of a line of stands, with staff on each standing at the front of the stand as if to defend it from borders.
"10 high quality sales leads a day is good for us" said one representative - who's product we use - said to me. And with quiet areas such as this around, that's probably good news for them.
There are stands with products of all sorts - incredible colourful ranges from dustbins to coffee makers to people selling nothing but sticky labels!
The Coffee stands at trade shows always seem twice as busy as coffee stands elsewhere, and the prices always seem high. Yet go just a little of site (as we did) and you can find quieter spots.
Here's a change from last year - hold your break as you enter the show building, through "Smoker's Acre" which is a new area from when we were at the show last year. There was also an amazing range of garden furniture offering as much shelter and as much oppulance as possible while remaining - just - legal for smoking.
And at the end of the day heading home.
For our own (Well House Consultants reference), I'll be providing a fill in on (a) a local cake company, (b) a cloche for breakfast sliced bread, (c) a better system for wrapping food (d) a hand dryer that's from a local company (e) next generation chairs for delegates on long course, and (f) longer life and greener bulbs. (written 2008-02-21, updated 2008-02-23)
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Drive time - (2006-10-02) 
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Bounce, bounce, bounce - (2007-01-20) 
Getting rid of people - hotel techniques - (2007-01-21) 
Writing terms and conditions for conferences and other events - (2007-02-17) 
Express service - (2007-03-14) 
Hotel - online feedback forms compared - (2007-03-30) 
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Conjugation - (2007-05-08) 
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Looking after you Christmas Customer Crowds - (2007-11-26) 
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Turning potential customers away - (2009-07-24) 
Food and drink launch - (2010-01-21) 
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Brown - or Mrs Sally Brown, accountant from Whitstable? - (2011-02-10) 
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Sunday - no longer a day of rest - (2012-05-28) 
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Every Customer Counts - (2012-11-01) 
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On reading a new hotel review - (2013-03-24) 
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