BALI defers next year's two-day trade show until economy picks up

British Association of Landscape Industries has cancelled next year's two-day trade show because of the sliding economy.

BALI said the show would be "deferred" until market conditions improved and the wider landscape industry was better placed to benefit from the event.

"Indications from other sectors and our own suggest the appeal of traditional trade shows is on the decline and that biennial events may be more useful in serving the needs of visitors and exhibitors" said chief operations officer Wayne Grills.

A spokeswoman said: "I think probably the show will happen next in 2014 under new management unless, of course, something changes dramatically." This year's BALI Landscaping Show took place at Stoneleigh Park on 19 and 20 June.

Organiser Brintex confirmed that the PlayFair Show, which ran alongside the BALI Landscaping Show near Coventry, will move over to run with IOG Saltex at Windsor Racecourse from September 3 to 5 next year.

IOG chief executive Geoff Webb said: "PlayFair will form an integral part of the Saltex exhibition profile in September 2013. We are working hard on all aspects of the show, from turfcare to commercial vehicles, by providing added impetus and innovation as we go forward."

BALI national chairman Chris Carr suggested trade shows might be becoming "suffocated by cyberspace" in the same way high street shops and garden centres were losing out.

"Research of product information is easy with the internet and will target what you need," he said. "But what it can’t do is show you the dream.

"In that respect, there is no substitute for seeing, feeling and experiencing a product and discussing the options with someone in the know."

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