Mega-show veteran India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) held the inaugural India International Hospitality Expo last week at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, an event said to be the country’s first exhibition that showcases various facets of the hospitality sector including F&B equipment, decor solutions, architecture and food.
The event, inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Indiaâ€™s minister for food processing industry, saw participation from 203 exhibitors, with international brands being represented by their local agents.
Explaining how the India International Hospitality Expo stands out from other similar shows, Rakesh Kumar, chairman, IEML, said: â€œThe existing hospitality industry exhibitions in the country are mainly focused on food. We have, however, brought service providers and equipment providers onto a B2B platform. Our aim is to build this event along the lines of Hotel Expo Dubai.”
He also aims for the event to be regarded as “a single sourcing platform for the entire hospitality sector”.
Other unique features of India International Hospitality Expo included a culinary theatre curated by renowned Indian chef Devender and a curated fashion show for the hospitality industry by Sunil Sethi, chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India.
Kumar expects the second edition of the show to see more exhibitors especially from around the globe.