Visitor registrations up 15 per cent for Harrogate Week
This month’s Harrogate Week, which includes an exhibition of turf-related products and numerous educational seminars for greenkeepers and golf club managers, has seen visitor registrations rise by 15 per cent on last year.
The ‘BTME’ show, run by the British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) from January 22 to 26, will also see the association celebrate its 25th anniversary, and to mark the occasion a celebratory evening will be held at the Old Swan Hotel on the Tuesday evening. “It will be an opportunity to recognise those people who were instrumental in the launch of the association and share memories with those who have helped build the association into what it is today,” said a spokesman.
“Any company still considering exhibiting will need to make a decision very quickly as space is filling up,” said BIGGA’s chief executive officer Jim Croxton. “Stand sales are still going well with Halls B and M practically full and quite a number of new exhibitors committing.
“Visitor registrations are up 15 per cent on the same time last year so our hard work communicating to the members, emphasising how valuable a trip to the exhibition is in terms of networking and sharing best practice, has paid off – especially the Continue to Learn programme where a number of workshops are full.
“By coincidence 2012 also marks 100 years since the first surviving recorded minutes of BIGGA’s oldest ancestor – the very first greenkeeping association. There will be an exhibition looking at the development of greenkeeping associations within the halls.”