March 9 2007.

Following yet another record breaking trade attendance at January's Motorcycle Trade Expo, it has been announced that next year's Expo is to relocate to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The move follows four extremely successful years at Stoneleigh Park, during which time Expo has completely outgrown the Warwickshire venue. The new location is to be the adjoining NEC Halls 17 and 18. At the same time, Expo will run a week later than usual, opening Sunday 20 January for three days through to Tuesday 22 January.

"This will be the fifth time Expo has been forced to move because of an ever-increasing number of companies wishing to exhibit", said show organiser, Mark Mayo, who expects the number of exhibitors to increase next January to around 240 companies from this year's 220.

"Exhibitors' earlier concerns about any possible increase in costs have been addressed and, apart from the usual inflation-related increase (4 per cent), floor space and shell scheme stand costs will remain the same as this year's show", said Mayo.

The move follows twelve consecutive years of rapid growth for Expo. This year the number of trade visitors increased by over six per cent to 5968 representing 2537 companies - up four per cent - and it is anticipated this all-time record attendance will be beaten again next year. This year's attendance figures are subject to ABC audit verification.

"Team Expo is looking forward to the new opportunities afforded by the NEC. The two halls, the most recently built at the NEC, offer a lot more space in one big, easily navigated area, compared to Stoneleigh Park's three hall layout. On top of that, there is more and better visitor and exhibitor parking, a wider choice of catering and the bonus of Birmingham International airport and the showground's own mainline railway station being next door to the NEC. The proximity of the airport is expected to increase overseas attendance and will make travel far easier for an ever-increasing number of visitors from Scotland and Ireland", said Mayo.

All the user-friendly features that have contributed to Expo's success will continue unchanged with free parking (a first for the NEC), free entry and free visitor refreshment vouchers. Expo will also employ its own team of visitor and exhibitor-friendly parking marshalls and security guards from Showsec. The usual reduced room rates for exhibitors and visitors across a variety of hotel accommodation has already been negotiated.

"We will make this change as seamless and successful as all the others have been," said Mayo. "Every venue change we've made has been accompanied by increased attendance and a bigger and better show and we will ensure the NEC move is just as successful as the others have been".

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