Hotel Show Colombo: 250 foreign, local exhibitors expected - Imran Hassan


by Zacki Jabbar

Hotel Show Colombo 2016, scheduled to be held later this month has assumed greater significance with it being timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka Tourism,the organisers of the event said yesterday.

The eleventh edition of the exhibition which would run from July 22 to 24 at the BMICH has been themed "Hospitality Industry Vision 20 – 20". It is being organized by the Ceylon Hotel Schools Graduates Association (CHSGA), which is the alumni of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM).

Imran Hassan the Managing Director of CDC Events and Travels, the professional organiser of this event said that 90 percent of the General Managers of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka were members of the CHSGA.

"Hotel Show Colombo figures as the highlight in the calendar of events for hoteliers by virtue of it being the largest hospitality trade fair in South Asia.It has attracted greater significance by coinciding with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka Tourism", he noted adding that the show which has been endorsed by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and regional hotel associations ,would have over 250 exhibitors from over 20 countries including Sri Lanka, displaying all products and services required by the industry ranging from bed linen to kitchen equipment.

Over 10,000 locals and foreigners are expected to visit the Show.Last year’s event was inaugurated by President Maithripala Srisena,who has been invited this year as well, Hassan said.

Chairman of the organizing committee and past president of the CHSGA Trevine Gomez revealed that the Fair would have many new value additions such as a specialized App for the benefit of exhibitors and visitors, along with hightech signage in keeping with its theme Hospitality Industry Vision 20 – 20.

Under the specialized buyer coordination programme invitees included the Boutique Hotel Segment which was a rapidly growing market with over 800 such entities in the country, he said " "We expect to attract upcoming properties as well."

Gomez noted that Hotel Show Colombo would play a key role in meeting the demand for supplies and services with many new hotels and resorts beign built to cater to the governments target of attracting 2.5 million tourists annually.

Hassan said that a special function would be held for hotel owners and decision makers to interact with suppliers, on the sidelines of the show."Finals of the National Bartenders Competition and the Sri Lanka National Barista Championship would be held concurrently to the Fair."

To cater to the large number of visitors expected, there would be a Food Festival featuring Japanese, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Indian/Mogul and Sri Lankan cuisine served by ten 5-Star hotels, he added.

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