IoG Saltex expecting good visitor numbers for last open-air year

IoG Saltex visitor numbers will be as good if not better than 2013 despite there being fewer exhibitors, according to the show organisers.

Saltex: Image HW
Saltex: Image HW

Event director from Brintex Events, Jon Gibson, said there were 220 exhibitors this year, against 262 in 2013.

However he said the show cannot be compared easily on a year to year basis because of the decision made by several kit manufacturers in 2005, including Kubota, Toro and Ransomes Jacobsen, to exhibit every other year.

Visitors can attend the show, running from 2 - 4 September at Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire, for free but are asked to pre-register their details and print an e-ticket before attending, giving the show organisers an idea of how many will attend.

Gibson said registrations were slightly up on last year, when the show recorded 8,565 unique visitors, a third more than in 2012.

"It’s a little bit down on last year in terms of exhibitors but we’re not anticipating a dip in visitor numbers on last year so there should be more visitors per exhibitor," he said.

The Met Office forecasts dry and bright weather in the south east with temperatures in the low 20s.

Gibson said Brintex, which is in the second year of its current three-year contract with the IoG to run Saltex, "would hope to get over 200 exhibitors" when the show moves to the NEC next year.

"There’s always going to be an element of let’s wait and see what it looks like before we commit to it."

But he added: "A lot of people have been saying it’s about time. The industry needs its showcase event to be put on at a time of the year that’s good for them."

For more about Saltex’s move to the NEC see the next issue of Horticulture Week.

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