A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. With 26 years of experience in the hospitality and catering industry, HOTELEX is equipped to become a leading series of catering equipment, supplies, and fine food trade events in Shanghai, with its geo-adapt shows in Beijing, Chengdu, and Guangzhou, covering the value chain from Catering Equipment, Tableware to Catering Supplies, Fine Food, Beverage, Bakery & Ice Cream, Coffee & Tea, Wine & Spirits and Cooking Ingredients.
Once a year, HOTELEX brings together buyers and suppliers from around the country to witness the latest trends in the industry and be inspired by leaders and legends in the field. To better serve the clientele in 2018, HOTELEX will be split into two phases held at the same venue located at Shanghai New International Expo Centre at different times.
A YEAR ON AND STILL IN THE PRESS
HOTELEX was a huge success according to the last year figures, 143,500 professional visitors and 2,352 premium exhibitors out in force, featuring a 6.6% increase in exhibitor amount and a huge leap of 22.3% in visitors in 2017. Total 4,814 independent overseas buyers from 124 countries and regions plus 1,500 group buyers confirmed both HOTELEX’s leadership and its influence on international markets, reflecting the extent to the expo competitiveness, and how the fair has helped forward-thinking industry players to meet the right people.
The level of innovation displayed by our exhibitors was second to none with high scores in both visitor satisfaction and loyalty reaching 9 out of 10. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Below are some exhibitor comments.
“It’s the 11th year our company attended HOTELEX, and what’s driven us is to present our innovative products” remarked by Patrick Xi, Vice President of North Asia, Welbilt Inc.
“The previous year, we’ve always had a few customer contacts that allowed us to later on during the year sell the right and the best equipment to our customers and make them happy” from Christian Haueter, General Manager of Hospitality DKSH China.
“We hope through HOTELEX, communication and sharing could be achieved with the integrated solution we’ve accumulated in this industry. To us, the exhibition is indeed a predominant interaction opportunity” said Steven Zhang, Chairman of Shanghai Tonney Industrial Co., Ltd.
“Lots of my working partners and clients acknowledge and also appreciate the value of HOTELEX, which is the most premium and professional exhibition so to speak” commented by Anne Cao, Director of Shanghai Ganbor Trading Co., Ltd.
“It’s a 14th year that Fabbri is present at HOTELEX. HOTELEX also accompanies us all around China because 5 years ago with HOTELEX organisation we have founded the national Gelato Championship. This is the most important organization in China for the Gelato professionals” added by Nicola Fabbri, President of Fabbri.
EXPERT KEYNOTE LINE-UP
Commercial kitchens are a minefield at the best of times; in this case it’s great to be able to get in front of those in the know, all in one place at the same time. Professional forums like 2017 HOTELEX Shanghai Innovation of Commercial Kitchen Design, Central Kitchen Construction and Development Forum, Development of China Catering Industry Supply Chain Forum, and HOTELEX Catering Industry Forum are set up for industry practitioners catching up with current suppliers and meeting new ones with the most frontline products being developed.
The expo targets the exact specifiers, buyers and food service operators including a significant number of purchasers from restaurants and pubs, hotels, caterers, attractions and institutes, as well as attracted an equally impressive turnout of all the key distributors, delegates, retail dealers, purchasing managers, etc.
INNOVATIVE EVENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Designed to promote and encourage new ideas in the market place, HOTELEX had an amazing range of more than 30 “events within the event” and helped to draw a record crowd, placing strategy at the heart of HOTELEX too. The show floor had a real buzz and exhibitors had accomplished solid business as the onsite re-book rate for the next year was high. The show continues to deepen catering and hospitality knowledge by launching creative concurrent events and campaigns from the catering field to the hospitality area.