There was an air of optimism within the snowsport and outdoor market at last week’s Slide & OTS Winter trade show in Telford.
Overall visitor number increased by 38 per cent over the three days when compared to 2020 and represented the highest number of unique visitors since 2013.
The news of French ski resorts opening up, COVID restrictions being relaxed and the new combination of snowsports and outdoor exhibitors all contributed to retailer confidence with buyers keen to commit before order deadlines for the 2022/23 winter season.
Show Organiser, Lesley Beck said: “After such challenging times and an uncertain winter season ahead, we were greatly encouraged by the increased visitor attendance at the show and all the positive comments that we have received since.
“We will be issuing a survey to all exhibitors to obtain feedback on dates and venue for the next show.
“Thanks to everyone who supported the show this year and to all the visitors who made the effort to attend and make it such a great event.”