Crowd numbers were up at this year’s Balmoral Show, according to RUAS President Billy Robson, pictured.
Although at this stage precise numbers are not available it is believed visitors numbers were up each day.
“It’s too early to give exact figures,” he said. “But the initial indications are pointing to a significant increase in visitor figures right across the three days of this year’s event.
“All our committees are now analysing the impact of the show. I am happy to confirm that the move to the Maze has worked. We have enjoyed three years of excellent weather at the new venue. And this has, undoubtedly, helped in encouraging people to take in the sights and sounds of Balmoral Show.”
Robson also confirmed that developments continue apace at Balmoral Park.
“Ground work has already started on the development of our new Eikon Exhibition Centre.
“This will provide us with in excess of 6000 square metres of exhibition space, which will have an associated parking area with a capacity of over 2,000 vehicles.
“The completion of the Eikon will entail the relocation of the existing Balmoral Pavilions, to which will be added a bespoke front façade. The facility will be the new home for all the exhibitions organised by the RUAS. It promises to be the premier events venue in Ireland and will be officially opened later this year.
“The new centre will be used to host its first exhibition in September of this year. It will also be the new home of the Winter Fair.”
Robson pointed out that house building activities will commence at the King’s Hall site in Belfast within a very short space of time.
“The new housing development will account for 16 acres of the old show grounds. This activity will provide a cash flow boost for the society,” he said.
“We intend leasing the remainder of the site, which includes the King’s Hall and the Members’ Rooms.”