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Monday, 26 May 2014

Kenya Hospitality Trade Show and Hotel Summit East Africa declared a success

The second edition of the Kenya Hospitality Trade Fair and the parallel Hotel Summit East Africa ended at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in the heart of Nairobi. Exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the business contacts made, in spite of the present challenges Kenya’s tourism and hospitality sector faces. Visitors to the exhibition in particular appreciated the cooking demonstration sessions with Kenya’s first celebrity chef, Ali; Chef Raphael; and chefs from the Sarova Stanley Hotel, who thrilled the crowd mobbing the cooking stations with mouth-watering dishes being prepared in the space of an hour; cooking instructions, of course, were provided and demonstrated.

Other similar events across the three days the trade show was open, comprised of whiskey tasting sessions, organized by Kenya Breweries which is owned by East African Breweries, which in turn is a Diageo subsidiary, and tea and coffee tasting sessions were also available to exhibitors and visitors courtesy of Kericho Gold and Dorman’s Coffee. Domaine Kenya made an impact with their winetasting sessions, while PERAK, the Pub and Restaurant Association of Kenya, operated a “Bartenders & Mixologists” pavilion which during demonstrations was also packed to capacity.

The Hotel Summit in a packed program, showcased a number of international speakers and presenters discussing the entire range of challenges investors in the hospitality industry are faced with, from planning over feasibility studies, to financing and staffing, and last but not least, to implementing green operating standards, leading to lively discussions and interactions during the coffee breaks.

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