For the fifth year in a row, the Food & Hotel Myanmar 2018 is hosting its event at Yangon from June 6 until June 8. The event is an international exhibit which showcases products concerning food and the hospitality industry. The venue is at the MEP located in Mindama Yangon. During the event, over 200 top suppliers as well as manufacturers are going to feature their products and services. These are businesses from 20 different countries. Furthermore, there will be global pavilions included namely United States, South Korea, Turkey and Singapore. It is expected that hotel near Myanmar center will be booked during the three-day event.
According to UBM Myanmar’s general manager who is the event organizer, Fraser Hawkes, they are expecting that over 7,500 guests coming from food and hospitality industry are going to show up.
Mr. Hawkes explained that the trade exhibition is mainly focused on business to business model and targeted to industries under the bakery, retail, food and hospitality. These industries are currently flourishing in Yangon as well as all over the country of Myanmar. The same industries are connected with tourism, the consumers’ ever-changing needs as well as their consumption in general.
He added that the event will also showcase food service equipment such as combi-steamers, cutlery, oven, dishes and even POS systems. There will come a time in Myanmar when the tea shops, cafes, and small to medium scaled restaurants will no longer use pans. These businesses will also use more technology to integrate in their daily operation.
UBM revealed that in 2017 there were a total of 3.5 million foreign travellers who visited Myanmar. With this, many are positive about the future of the tourism industry. Around 68 per cent of the tourists came from Southeast Asia and China, 19 per cent is from Europe and 7 per cent from the United States. With the rise of tourism, service businesses, hospitality and restaurants are also benefiting from the growth. There are now 1,575 hotels including hotel near Myanmar center, which caters to the growing number of tourists in the country.