Dubai Serves A World Of Hospitality

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GulfHost 2017 Supports Region’s Accelerating Hospitality Sector Set To Reach $36.7 Billion by 2020.

Despite the short-term challenges posed by global macroeconomic factors across the GCC, the region’s tourism and hospitality industry remains on an upward trajectory as governments recognize the potential of the sector in enabling revenue diversification and job creation, and actively invest in its development. Set to be worth $36.7 billion by 2020 according to Euromonitor International, and with a number of global events that include Expo 2020 Dubai scheduled to draw millions of visitors to the region, the industry is in critical need of a dedicated hospitality and foodservice platform to support its development.

Launching during Dubai International Hospitality Week, an initiative endorsed by Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), GulfHost 2017 is the first dedicated hospitality and food services expo in the Middle East. Organized by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which also owns and organizes the world’s largest annual food trade show Gulfood, the new exhibition takes place from 18-20 September 2017 and is co-located with four other shows. These include DWTC’s established trio of niche food events – The Speciality Food Festival, SEAFEX Middle East and Yummex Middle East – and The Hotel Show, organised by dmg events, to enable the full spectrum of sourcing for one of the fastest growing hotel, F&B and tourism markets in the world.

“Not only does Dubai lead the region in hospitality and tourism development, in some cases it leads the world. From major international hotel chains and restaurants to top celebrity chefs, and from world class tourist attractions to the widest range of global cuisines, Dubai provides a reference point for even the most established of markets.  With world leading trade events such as Gulfood playing a key role in bringing more suppliers and visitors to Dubai every year than any other annual food trade show in the world, Dubai truly is on the hospitality and F&B map. Hosting Dubai International Hospitality Week and co-locating five complementary shows adds yet another dimension of excellence,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management (DWTC).

More than 2,000 exhibitors will participate across DIHW, with GulfHost alone hosting 16 country pavilions and demonstrating the global importance of serving the region.  Major countries include Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Lebanon, Australia, Netherlands and Egypt.

Key exhibitors at GulfHost include A. Ronai, Ali Group, Alto Sham, Cimbali, Falcon Kitchen, Henny Penny, La Marquise, Manitowoc, The Middleby Corporation and RAK Porcelain, among many others.

 “The growth of hospitality across the Middle East and neighbouring regions is gaining pace every day, and not only are we able to provide the most advanced equipment, but through our leadership in innovation, we’re able to help restaurants make enormous savings in both time and energy.  This leads to better operations and increased profitability.  And that’s not all; we also bring green benefits to their commercial kitchens which is key to sustainable success for us all. There’s a reason that our products are in one of every three restaurants around the world, and GulfHost enables us to broaden our reach across this key market.”

Innovation forms a key focus at GulfHost 2017, with a dedicated Innovation Corner showcasing the latest cutting-edge technology solutions being introduced to elevate commercial kitchen performance.  The show also sees the introduction of the Gulfhost Innovation Awards, to recognize the innovators and disruptors championing new techniques, products and technologies within the hospitality industry.

GulfHost 2017 takes place alongside the trio of segmented food shows: Speciality Food Festival for gourmet, halal and organic foods, SEAFEX Middle East, dedicated to seafood, and yummex Middle East (in partnership with Kölnmesse GmbH), the region’s leading international trade fair for the confectionery and snacks market.

The importance of Gulfhost is demonstrated by the strategic partnerships cemented with key industry associations in Europe, including the Organizzazione Vittorio Caselli (Italy), HKI Hospitality Association (Germany), CESA Hospitality Association (UK) and AFEHC Hospitality Association (Spain).

All shows are open between from 18-20 September 2017 and are for trade and business professionals only. General public and persons under the age of 21 will not be permitted entry.

Source: organizer’s website

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September 6 (Wednesday), 2017 |

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