Hospitality Services, organizers of HoReCa 2002, expect 15 percent more participants in this year’s edition of the Levant's ninth hospitality and food service exhibition being held in Beirut on April 9-13, according to a company press release. A total of 230 exhibitors from nine countries, representing over 700 brands, attracted 13,500 trade professionals to HoReCa 2001.
“The early signs indicate avid interest from international exhibitors with more than 35 newcomers from the Gulf already onboard,” said Hospitality Services Managing Director Joumana Dammous-Salame. “We now expect to have over 265 exhibitors at HoReCa 2002.”
Countries with their own pavilion at HoReCa 2002 include the UK, Italy and Belgium. Other countries represented through local or regional companies include France, Holland, Canada, Austria, Germany and Jordan.
HoReCa 2002, held under the patronage of the Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, is also moving to the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center (BIEL), a new exhibition center at the heart of the Beirut Central District.
The exhibition, first launched in 1994, is being divided into two main events: The Levant Trade Show for the Hospitality and Foodservice Industries and the International Food and Drink Exhibition.
Other activities on the agenda include the now customary Hospitality Salon Culinaire, which features an annual chefs competition, an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages bartending competition and a Job Meeting Point designed to bring employers together with the industry's newcomers. A series of seminars is also under preparation.
Levant Trade Show for the Hospitality and Foodservice Industries exhibits include catering equipment and services, furnishings and fixtures, tabletop products, uniforms, linens and bedding, technology products and services, cleaning and maintenance products, health, leisure and entertainment products. It caters mainly to hotel industry professionals; restaurants, cafes and bakeries managers; engineers, architects and decorators; hospitals and hospitality consultants.
The International Food and Drink Exhibition focuses more on the Food & Beverage (F&B) offerings of the hotel industry, including ethnic food, fresh and frozen goods, dairy products, fruits & vegetables, spirits, wine, hot beverages and food packaging. It caters more specifically to supermarkets, independent F&B retailers, hotels and restaurants, independent caterers and private & public institutions. — (menareport.com)
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