Hotel Show 2014: Coffee Challenge with an eye on international competitions


By Zacki Jabbar

A coffee competition to promote the drinking habit in Sri Lanka and also provide exposure to locals wanting to participate in international contests, would be a feature of the ninth edition of the Hotel Show scheduled to commence at the BMICH today.

Chairman of the Organising Committee, Trevine Gomez told "The Island" yesterday that the competition entitled "Sri Lanka Barista Championship" aimed at honing skills in the preparation of coffee with an emphasis on art, taste, foam and froth of milk."It would be the ideal platform for Sri Lankans wanting to gain experience to participate in Asian and international Coffee making contests. Attractive prizes would be on offer."

Creative Pizza making and the Fastest Pizza Maker contests would also be held on the sidelines of Hotel Show 2014,he noted adding that five star food and drink would be available at "street prices" for the large number of visitors expected to throng the three day event.

The exhibition which began in 1998 as a biannual event was being held annually commencing last year. It was considered to be the largest show of its kind in South Asia with potential for further growth, Arjun Dharmadasa, Managing Director of Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services(LECS),co-organizers of the event said.

General Manager of LECS, Asim Mukthar said that that there would be a record 280 stalls showcasing an array of hotel supplies and services provided by 140 companies ranging from architecture, gardening, landscaping, outdoor furniture, swimming pools, waste management, software systems, modern security systems, room laundry, and air conditioning.

Industry specialists from India, China, Australia and the Middle East would also be participating in the event in addition to the local agents of foreign firms, he revealed.

Mukthar said that with "Home Stay" being promoted by the Tourism authorities with a view to overcoming the shortage of hotel rooms, owners of private houses which have been converted into boutique hotels would also be present in their numbers to exhibit the new concept.

Co-chairman of Hotel Show Organising Committee, Niroshan de Silva said that the exhibition was a one stop shop where healthy and long term relationships could be cultivated among hospitality providers, suppliers, possible new entrants and the community.

A student counter managed by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management would provide career guidance at the event, he observed.

The event is being organized by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association in collaboration LECS, a Presidential award winning exhibition organizer. It is being supported by Abans (Diamond Sponsor), Lanlo (Platinum Sponsor) Abdul Rahims, Promo Lanka, Euro Kitchens, Sperry’s and Arpico (Gold Sponsors) Pragmetic International, Lavazza and John Keels Office Automation (Silver Sponsors) and the BMICH.

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