Hotel Asia and Culinary Challenge returns for 16th edition

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The much-anticipated Hotel Asia Exhibition returns for its 16th edition on 10 October after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dubbed “South Asia’s largest hospitality trade show,” Hotel Asia 2022 kicks off on 10 October at the Dharubaaruge convention centre in Malé. Held concurrently with the exhibition with support from the Chefs Guild of Maldives, the International Culinary Challenge will start on 9 October with hundreds of chefs from resorts and restaurants across the country.

“Many domestic and foreign exhibitors see Hotel Asia as an opportunity to propel their hospitality products and services to the Maldives and the region as top brands and suppliers who have excelled in the hospitality industry usually attend the exhibition. The event is a symposium where global players in the hotel industry interact, the event is also a platform that encourages new businesses and start-ups, especially in the Maldives,” the event organiser explained.

“Furthermore, it’s also an arena for buyers to explore and source from recognized brands, network directly with international manufacturers whilst discovering the latest developments and trends in the market. This year’s event will feature over 175 booths and stalls, completely filling the Dharubaaruge exhibition centre.”

The three-day fair will bring together “leaders, key stakeholders from the regions HORECA industry into the Maldives over the three days in October,” according to Maldives Exhibition & Conference Services, which organised the event together with Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services and Bestbuy Maldives, the main sponsors and partners of the exhibition since its inception.

Other sponsors include TTS Maldives as the Official Logistics Partner and telecommunications company Dhiraagu as the Official Digital Services Partner. Both the Maldives Ministry of Tourism and the National Chamber of Exporters in Sri Lanka have endorsed the event.

The panel of judges for this year’s Culinary Challenge includes Project Director Alan Palmer, a veteran chef with over 50 years of experience and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the World Chefs. The panel will judge 650 entries from 500 chefs competing in over 20 categories.