SCABROUGH is today playing host to a two-day hospitality conference, the first of its kind in five years.
The event, named Caterall, will see tourism-based businesses from across the north of England gather at the Spa to exhibit their services.
Scarborough Hospitality Association is behind the event, and has issued 3,500 tickets.
Allison Barnes, of the association, said: “Scarborough Spa used to play host to the very popular Hotelescope Exhibition which was a catering and hospitality supplies event which brought together suppliers and end users all under one roof.
“This event stopped in 2005 but there has been a growing need to resurrect an event like this on the East Coast; so that is what we have done.
“There are many reasons for members of our association and other tourism-related business to come down to the Spa and take part in this event to find out about other businesses while promoting their own.”
Representatives from the Scarborough Hospitality Association went down to the Skegness Caterex Exhibition in 2010 and spoke to exhibitors there who all expressed an interest in coming to Scarborough if a similar event could be organised.
The association has invited businesses such as food and drinks suppliers, catering equipment, accountants, bespoke insurance, coffee suppliers, paper and hygiene products, PR and Marketing, pottery, cash and carry businesses to come along and show their products.
Tickets have been distributed to all Scarborough Hospitality Association members and those of Whitby Hospitality Association, Bridlington Hotel and Guest House Association, Filey and District Tourism Association and Tourism Association of North Yorkshire as well as local restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Local attractions, such the Sea Life Centre, Futurist Theatre, Lightwater Valley, Eden Camp, Castle Howard, and English Heritage, have also been invited to hand out their information leaflets in time for the summer season.
Caterall starts today and is being officially opened by deputy mayor Cllr John Blackburn at 10am. The event also runs tomorrow between 10am and 4pm.