Goa Food & Hospitality Expo, held from August 23-25 in Goa, was attended by several national and international participants who helped set new benchmarks in the world of hospitality expositions.
The sixth edition of the Goa Food & Hospitality Expo, Goa’s biggest exhibition on hotel and restaurant equipment and supplies, was held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim. The exhibition, one of the biggest in the country, had several national and international brands showcasing for the first time in India.
Goa Food & Hospitality Expo was inaugurated by Manohar Ajgaonkar, Minister of Tourism & Sports, Government of Goa, who was the Chief Guest for the event. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Menino D’Souza, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Goa; Rajesh Kale, Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Goa; Victor Albuquerque, Chairman, Alcon Victor Group; Savio Messias, President, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa; Gaurish Dhond, President, Goa Hospitality & Restaurant Association; Menino Proenca, President, SKAL International Goa; Earnest Dias, Vice President, SKAL International Goa; Ricardo D’Lima, General Manager, Fortune Miramar; Chef Ranjeet Pandey, President, Culinary Forum of Goa; as well as Kedar Dhume and Clive Sequeira, who are Directors of Media Promotions, the organiser of the event.
Following the inauguration, guests went around the stalls and expressed keen interest in the exhibits. The special attractions of the exhibition included display of kitchen and bakery equipment, exclusive HoReCa supplies, food and bakery products, bed and bathroom linen, refrigeration equipment and industrial dishwashers, IT software systems, communication and security systems, furniture, fixtures and interior decor, sound and lighting solutions, housekeeping equipment and hygiene products, water and waste management systems and many more products connected to the food and hospitality industry, some of which were displayed in Goa for the first time. There were 100-plus companies showcasing over 500 products, including national and international brands.
An attraction right from the 60s, Goa has been one of the most visited tourist destinations of India, thus India’s fastest growing hospitality industry. Goa’s hospitality trade is urged to explore enhancement in technology and service, identify opportunities, share experiences, as well as build networks to combat the fast and ever-evolving industry, but the options available in Goa and the region are limited and sometimes out of reach. The main objective of the exposition is creating bigger opportunities and a successful business for companies and trade professionals. It aims to bring together a mix of quality and quantity of buyers from across India, offering Goan, Indian, and international brands a wide spectrum of opportunities for business networking and partnerships with established players and buyers in the Indian market.