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One of the fastest growing countries in the Southeast Asia region, Vietnam is seen as a sound investing point. And it is evident with the 470 exhibitors from 36 countries / regions who participated in FHV2015. As said by Mr. Vo Thanh Kiet, Foreign Agricultural Ser vice; U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City- the organiser of the USA Pavilion; “Food&HotelVietnam2015 is the best trade show to promote American food products to Vietnam”. The profile of visitors were diverse which testifies to FHV’s growing brand quality and reach – coming from neighbouring countries like Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Thailand as well as other key tourist areas such as Japan, South Korea including United States, Australia and Italy.
Aside products, FHV was a platform for business networking, knowledge sharing and skills development. Seminars organised by Lean Six Sigma Network and Asiawide Franchise Consultants attracted more than 100 delegates to learn more about Food Safety and Franchising together with a barista training series. It was also the four th edition of the Vietnam National Culinary Challenge (VNCC) where upcoming young cooks impressed the judges. Chef Otto Weibel, the Chief Judge remarked that he was glad to see the competition grow year after year and he felt the strong enthusiasm to learn and get feedback. There was also the Vietnam Barista and Latte Ar t Competition with Trung Nguyen Coffee, Vietnam’s market leader winning most of the prizes. Alongside skill sets was also the annual meeting of the Vietnam Hotel Association attended by more than 150 directors, managers and leaders from top hotels and resorts across Vietnam where they discussed key issues and improving their services.
Evidently, visitors were pleased with FHV2015 saying “FHV is the most prestigious trade event that I have visited in Vietnam and Indochina. We managed to secure the best deals and are waiting for quotations from suppliers”(Ms. Tran Nghiep Lan, QM Director, Skewers Mediterranean Restaurant). According to Mr. Tee Boon Teong, Deputy Chief Rep of Singapore Exhibition Services, Vietnam Rep Office, “we hope to expand training sessions and competitions to appeal to a larger audience and hope to support local industry associations connect with overseas partner for industry development”.
Food&HotelVietnam2017 will be held from 25 – 27 April at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For information, visit www.foodnhotelvietnam.com