BTS Exhibition is moving (again!)
As you all know the 2015 BTS Exhibition was incredibly successful thanks to the support of the exhibitors and all of the visitors who attended. With the Ricoh we really thought we had found a venue that we could grow into and one that would allow us to expand the event in future years. Sadly after the event we tried to book the Ricoh Arena for 2016 only to be told that, whist we would be welcome back, the price would be increased by 70% and this was not open to discussion. This meant that the venue would be beyond our price limits. Further to this the Ricoh decided to increase parking charges to £3.50 per car and remove all concessions on the rooms at the hotel. We feel that this is unacceptable and plain greedy on their part. We refuse to pass this cost on to either the exhibitors or the visitors and after a “discussion” with the Ricoh we have decided to withdraw from the venue. We are frankly disgusted by their attempt to capitalise on our success and we have told them as much.
This of course means that we were left with the problem of finding another venue (quickly) of equal capacity that would not be cost prohibitive and one that would allow us to expand. After some searching we have indeed found such a venue. It is bigger than the Ricoh (2200 sqm), has FREE parking for all, excellent catering facilities (a 200 seat restaurant and separate coffee bar) that are very reasonably priced. There are a number of great hotels in the area and we have negotiated excellent rates at one of them. This means that we will not have to increase prices to either the traders or the general public.
I will post all details up later but I felt we should announce the change in venue sooner rather than later. I hope that you will all continue to support us in 2016.
The 2016 BTS Exhibition will be held at:
“The Warwick Exhibition Centre”
SUNDAY 22ND MAY 2016
2015 was the most successful
BTS Exhibition ever! 2016 will be even bigger!!!!
See you next year.
Here are the winners of the BTS Competition 2015
Best New World Terrestrial: Phormictopus “green”
Maria and Lazslao Gombasne-Gudenus
Best Asian Terrestrial: Haplocosmia himalayna
Best Brachyplema: Brachypelma emilia
Best Asian Arboreal: Poecilotheria ornata
Best African: Heteroscodra maculata
Best Scorpion: Heterometrus laoticus
What a day!
What they said about the show this year…..
A great interview with Ray Hale in the Smithsonian Web magazine.
“Hi Ray, now that the dust has settled a big thanks for Sunday, first time attending and we thought it was an excellent event, very well organised, top venue and brilliant atmosphere. Please pass out regards to all of the organisation staff. Hopefully we will see you at the next event “ Clayton Patilla
“Just recovering from the incredible show at the British Tarantula Society on Sunday, this has been the biggest show, a magnificent event with a wonderful layout, no overcrowding inside (although the queue to get in was huge) so plenty of space to walk about and see tables and a great friendly atmosphere, this one will take some beating, a big thank you to all who worked so hard to keep it as smooth as it was and to all who attended.”
Graham and Janice: Metamorphosis
The number of visits to this site has smashed last years total of 45,000….
Well done to everyone…keep going!
The biggest exhibition ever !
“Make your list”
OVER 60 EXHIBITORS FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE PLANET
Not long now……..
Tarantulas, books and equipment,
T-shirts and jewellery for sale
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Please note that the display or sale of reptiles and other vertebrates is strictly forbidden. Any exhibitor or visitor found to be breaking this rule will be asked to leave and their membership may be revoked. The BTS Exhibition has always been for invertebrates only.