PM launches Hotel Show Colombo 2018

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe launched Hotel Show Colombo 2018 together with Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga. Also present were Tourism State Minister Ranjith Aluvihara, Minister Sagala Ratnayake and several industry leaders.

Organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) together with professional event partner CDC Events, the event attracted a large number of visitors after its opening at the BMICH from July 20 to 22. It is the region’s most comprehensive showcase of industry competitions and exhibition displaying the latest hospitality products and services, together with the Colombo Food Fest.

The Hotel Show Colombo weekend provided the ultimate platform for hospitality industry professionals from across the region to do business and networking in Sri Lanka – a regional hub for hospitality innovation.

The event also serves as a sourcing ground for hoteliers and entrepreneurs to build, develop and maintain a hospitality or food service establishment, whilst learning about the latest trends in the industry. The event also presents an excellent platform for networking, the exchange of knowledge and information between individuals, business opportunities and strategic partnerships between exhibitors and conference participants.

Competitions in the hospitality sector such as National Barista Championship, National Room Stylist Challenge, Ceylon Tea Masters’ Cup and Master Class, were held concurrently. The Colombo Food Fest, which is another popular attraction, was held to provide an array of delicious food and beverages to the visitors. Participants at the launch were treated to a foretaste of the National Barista Championship, which was held with the patronage of a panel of international judges. It showed that true coffee making was not merely putting the kettle for a cup of hot coffee. The techniques shown by expert baristas released the many flavours and aromas of the best coffee brands and a variety of coffee making techniques to the invitees, followed by a tasting session.

One of the highlights of the launch event was the Ceylon Tea Masters Cup demonstration to the participants. It underlined the importance of the tea ceremony and sharing that is an essential part of local and social life in Asia. The challenge was to transform a traditional activity into a modern lifestyle experience without losing touch with the soul of the hospitality industry.

Another feature was the National Room Stylist Challenge giving hotel housekeeping staff an opportunity to be recognized and appreciated. They created works of art by making figures from towels, flowers or from materials native to our county to enhance the beauty of the bedroom. Although bed making and styling may appear to be mundane, the hospitality and tourism industry takes this segment seriously and to some extent, their bed making practices even helps to define who they are and what they represent in society.

Organising Committee Chairman Trevine Gomez said, “Hotel Show Colombo 2018 is the only platform where hospitality and tourism meet. We are aware of the increasing business challenges faced by the industry and made a strategic decision to come up with something experiential and different at the launch to challenge guests to think about the distinct features of some of the exciting events at the show.”

CHSGA President Samantha Gunarathna stated, “Several suppliers were in attendance at this year’s show. Visitors were able to source a range of services and products whether it was looking for interiors inspiration, new ingredients, equipment to improve efficiency, tableware, technology and all the latest equipment for the kitchen. These could all be accessed under one roof.”

Source : http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx

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