After a difficult two years, the energy coursed through the aisles of UL Arena in Limerick as the industry came together once again at Irish Skipper Expo 2022 to network in the face-to-face setting that everyone had been waiting for.
Staged for the first time at this venue, over 150 exhibitors from 15 countries attended the sell-out event, with the high-quality stands and layout showcasing the professionalism and excellent level of quality products and services available to the Irish fishing industry.
Despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic and the recent surge in infection numbers, as well as the logistical issues posed by Brexit, the show was a great success with a steady flow of visitors throughout the event and most importantly, an excellent level of business conducted over the course of the two days.
Sharon Boyle, Commercial Fishing Manager for Mara Media, said: “The feedback received so far has indicated that a high level of business was conducted on the first day of the event, not only through visitors, but also between exhibitors, with over 500 exhibiting employees onsite and ready to network. A large turnout of visitors on day two (Saturday 26 March), ensured a great buzz around the arena, with people from across Ireland, UK and Europe in attendance.
“Our move to the larger venue was as a direct response to our exhibitor and visitor feedback from previous shows, where people noted that that the layout made it difficult to locate stands or have the opportunity to spend time with customers.
“This year, our exhibitors noted that the larger capacity venue offered more space, allowing them the freedom to conduct business at ease and take the time to speak to each stand visitor.
“As a show that champions the fishing industry, we are currently liaising with exhibitors and visitors to finalise the dates and details for next year’s show – watch this space!”