Hospitality Qatar 2018, which hosted the first-ever conference on the ‘Future of Tourism in Qatar’ in partnership with the National Tourism Council (NTC) closed on a high note last week, with participants gaining new insights on Qatar’s tourism developments.
As one of the region’s largest hospitality and tourism event, the exhibition ended successfully and delivered an exceptional experience over the three-day exhibition, with 188 exhibitors and around 7,000 visitors.
The ‘Future of Tourism in Qatar’ conference has effectively explored design, innovation and smart technologies within various sessions comprising six panel discussions, eight presentations and interactive talks, with participation of senior Qatari officials, tourism industry leaders, experts, guests and celebrities from around the world.
The show has managed to give a strong boost to the local tourism and hospitality industry, viewed as one of the major pillars and drivers for economic growth and as an essential element to the country’s efforts towards economic diversification, following the mandate of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The conference also provided key insights into current challenges within the tourism sector and how it is being addressed with new developments, strategies and technologies to keep players ahead of the changes in the tourism market.
Over 188 local, regional and international HORECA companies and hospitality professionals, participated in the exhibition, while more than 300 chefs from over 50 hotels and restaurants took part in ‘Salon Culinaire’, one of the main features of Hospitality Qatar 2018.
This year’s edition also featured a new initiative for young chefs that effectively put a spotlight on the country’s emerging talents. Live cooking of signature dishes, creative presentations of celebration and wedding cakes, Arabic mezza and Qatari festive foods, on top of the barista and bartender mocktail competitions were among the exciting highlights of the gathering, and which culminated in the awarding ceremony.
Chef Joseph Yammine, Vice-President of Qatar Culinary Professionals said that to date, this year’s Hospitality Qatar and Salon Culinaire have been among the best editions so far. He observed that there is a significant increase in the number of participating chefs, and most are participating in difficult categories, which demand a combination of skill and hard work.
This year’s Salon Culinaire also featured the creme de la creme of Qatar’s culinary scene, raising the bar even higher for next year’s participants with their exceptional talents.
The Mocktail Competition, sponsored by Red Bull, also provided a unique opportunity for contestants to learn from the industry’s best bartenders who shared their knowledge and showcased their techniques and skills over two-days during the event.
For more information about Hospitality Qatar 2018, visit hospitalityqatar.qa.