The golfing extravaganza enjoyed a strong flow of visitors throughout its three days, with an official attendance of 20,201 visitors. And both exhibitors and organisers were impressed with the turnout, particularly given the current financial climate.
Katie Williams, promotions and sponsorship executive for Monarch Airlines, said, “It was our first time at the London Golf Show and it was fantastic. We were so busy all weekend just in terms of people visiting the stand and asking about Monarch and overall it was really good for us.
“We were very pleased with the number of people that came through. On all three days people were rushing up to us as soon as the doors opened and we were really busy all the time.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Stewart Golf’s managing director, Mark Stewart. He said, “We had three people on the stand and every day it was so busy none of us was able to get lunch until after three o’clock; that’s how busy it was.
Colin Brunton, chairman of the Golf Show Group, said, “We’re absolutely delighted with the show’s attendance and attracting more than 20,000 golfers, on what was probably one of nicest weekends of the year to that point weather-wise, proves what a market there is for a professionally run event.
“Obviously the figure is slightly down on last year, but taking into account that we are now a three-day show whereas then we had four days and also that this doesn’t include the numerous competition winners, complimentary tickets and children, who for the second year running came free, I think we can justifiably claim it as an unqualified success.
“Everywhere people looked there were happy visitors and exhibitors and, particularly with the current credit crunch, it has been another fantastic turnout for us.
“Now we are switching our focus to Birmingham where we plan to build on last year’s successes and deliver a second top-notch NEC Golf Show.”