The four day one of a kind hospitality event held from August 7-10, 2019 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway becomes the most powerful networking forum by witnessing an astounding line up of trade discussions, knowledge sessions, gastronomic demonstrations, master classes, awards night and more.
With an unparalleled patronage from industry stalwarts, government institutions and state ministries came together at one platform to address the successful growth of hospitality sector. The second edition of India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) has become the biggest hospitality hub where exhibitors, students, audience come from pan India. Also speakers from across the world and MSME company owners from North East showcased their work as part of Make in India initiative.
This year the event has successfully surpassed its maiden event last year by hosting more than 650 exhibitors from world over into the broad categories of: Food & Kitchen Equipment; Food & Beverage; Furniture, Furnishing, Lifestyle & Décor; Technology; and Design & Architecture. Global brands also launched their latest products as part of IHE platform. Chef Manjit Gill, President IFCA; Chef Devender Kumar, President, ICF; Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI; Hari Dadoo, Fair President and Hemant Sud, Chairman, Delhi Chapter IIID contributed immensely for making IHE a bigger and successful event by being an integral part of the most expansive hospitality platform stimulating knowledge sessions all four days. With support from top industry bodies like Indian Angel Network HOTREMAI, ARCHII, PPFI, HPMF, AWSOME, FSAI, AIFPA, GHTP, ICF, IFCA, PHA and FSSAI, the show saw a new culinary height this year.
IHE had a robust conference programme with top hospitality professionals as speakers like Himmat Anand, Founder, Tree of life resorts; Anil Chadha, VP, operation ITC hotels; Priya Paul, Chairperson Park Hotels; Ajay Bakaya, MD, Sarovar Hotels and Rattan Keswani, jt MD Lemon Tree Hotels and Sunjae Sharma, VP Ops India for Hyatt. a series of Masterclasses by world-renowned chefs from India and abroad like Asma Khan, Hemant Oberoi, Manjit Gill, Devendra Kumar, Willi Willson, KN Vinod, Ranveer Brar and Gunjan Goela; wine sommelier training by a renowned Italian sommelier Luca Carmignani; a hospitality-inspired fashion show and an FSSAI conclave on Food Safety – IHE’ 19.
The event also saw a host of competitions in the food arena including Young Chef Culinary Competition being held under the aegis of ICF and IHE Mixology Challenge by ScopeBev and ICF.
World recognized CEO’s, GM’s and executive chefs of restaurants and hotel chain owners made for a stellar panelists for knowledge sessions like How to Set up a Midscale and Budget Hotel, The Art Of Creating A Luxury Hotel to Food Safety, The secret behind a truly successful restaurant, Privacy Assurance and Cyber Safety in Hotels, Reinventing the idea of hospitality disruption in traditional hotels and more stressing on continuously upgrading self with new innovations and how it is really important to invest in the technology aspect of hospitality which not only includes equipment’s but also soft skills.
IHE’s first hospitality awards was a gala celebration recognizing the contribution of industry maestros giving away awards to 70 awards to hospitality professionals from across India. IHE Leading Light in Hospitality award was given to Ms. Priya Paul, Director Park Hotels, KB Kachru the Executive vice president, South Asia, for Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia Pacific was presented with a Lifetime achievement award.
This year the expo emphasized on Himachal Pradesh being the ‘Focus State’ with a number of events being organised by the Tourism Department of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and Himachal Tourism Development Corporation. Celebrity chef Manjit Gill presented Himachali cuisine along with Chef Nand Lal Sharma of Himachal Tourism during the Expo as part of IHE Awards Dinner, the international Gourmet Safari and culinary master class.
International countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and others supported the expo by displaying an array of products and services from their region. This show played a host to Celebrity Indonesian chefs, Gupta Sitorus, Kevindra Soemantri, Yuda Bustara and Primo Rizky.
Rakesh Kumar (Chairman IEML and Director General EPCH) shared his thoughts on the last day of the event, “IHE 2019 concluded on a very satisfactory note. We had over 22,000 visitors from all parts of the country. We are thrilled to see the response from overseas. IHE 2019 was an impactful platform for all the hospitality stakeholders to come, network and rub shoulders with the very best in the industry. The attraction of this year was organic food from North East along with food items from International countries. A lot of new products like tea, nuts, garlic, spices, organic rice and a lot of gluten free products from the North East regions, hilly states and other remote areas have also been exhibited during IHE 2019.”
Seeing this success and interest among the visitors, the next edition will take place from 5th-8th Aug 2020. The new edition will have a lot of attractions from international countries, not only in terms of participation but visitor promotion as well.” Hari Dadoo (President of the fair)- Awarded as Man of IHE 2019 said, “This edition of IHE was much more successful than last year. All the participating exhibitors were happy with the international standard of the expo and hoards of visitors every day. We plan to make next edition much more bigger and better. We boast about 650 exhibitors amongst which more than 100 are from MSME’s. The visitors are mostly from B2B sector and had great time networking for the growth of their business.”
IHE 2019 has become the most coveted hospitality show that India has ever had with a vast array of events lined up all days attracting over 25,000 business visitors.”