Oman’s Biggest Annual Food & Hospitality Event to Be Held at the New OCEC

    Last year’s event

    Pioneer and biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo has announced that the 12th edition of Food & Hospitality Oman will be held at the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) from 16 to 18 October 2017. Ammar Ahmad, exhibition director, says “OCEC is now the country’s newest hub for business events. With business opportunities in the food and hospitality sector in Oman growing steadily in recent years, OCEC is just the best platform for this event, providing a total space area of more than 22,000 sqm to accommodate leading companies and emerging business entities from Oman and around the region.”  Food & Hospitality Oman will showcase a wide spectrum of cutting-edge food and beverage technologies and services catering to the food and hospitality sector, hosting over 500 local and international brands looking to tap into the country’s growing food and hospitality markets; generate better business leads; forge business tie-ups and learn more about the industry’s developments and its current and forthcoming trends. Alongside the food and hospitality exhibition is the Food Safety Oman Conference, which after its inaugural success last year, has incited interest among the food safety experts, policy makers and industry stakeholders. It will, once again, bring in experts from food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers, importers, producers, retailers, catering and restaurant service providers, packaging and processing technology providers, vendors and government representatives and other food safety professionals to discuss the latest policies, regulations, innovative approaches and technological advancements relating to food safety and quality in the Sultanate.

    Big Numbers at the 34th Edition of Macfrut

    Inauguration ceremony 

    The 34th edition of Macfrut, the international trade for the fruit and vegetable sector, was held in Rimini from 10 to 12 May, with the participation of 1,100 exhibitors, 1,200 buyers and 40 participating countries. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by Italian Deputy Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Andrea Olivero. The authorities present included Yang Yi, Director-General of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture of China, and MEP Paolo De Castro, thus proving the increasingly international appeal of the event, with about a quarter of exhibitors from abroad and China as the Partner Country for the 2017 edition. "You, as Macfrut, have taught us all an important thing: the value of aggregation, the overcoming of certain peculiarities. You emphatically stated that together we can win, and this should serve as an example for everyone - said Andrea Olivero, Deputy Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies - The fruit and vegetable sector is thriving, with excellent results for Italian exports, but what we need to do is continue to improve, make new agreements, enhance interactions, guarantee more protection for the production sector against climate changes and sudden market transformations. Success doesn’t happen by coincidence - said MEP De Castro, who has grown very fond of the event - Macfrut is like a machine that operates effectively and grows year after year."

    Increased GCC Visitor Numbers Swell ATM 2017

    ATM 2017

    This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC and a 7% increase in international visitors to the event, which was held in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27. For the second year in succession, visitor numbers smashed through the 28,000 mark – the show saw a 71% increase in visitors over the last five years. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “The continued growth of ATM is testament to the strength of the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East. The event has also built on its quality year on year and the professionalism of exhibitors and stands not only increases the brand value of their own organization, but also that of Arabian Travel Market. Exhibition stand contracts signed during ATM 2017 for next year are up 38% year-on-year, with exhibitors keen to reserve their space for what promises to be a record-breaking event in 2018 as ATM celebrates its 25th anniversary.” Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, ATM has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world. The 2017 edition, on the theme of experiential travel sponsored by La Perle, boasted an additional hall, with 466 main stand holders representing 87 countries and over 100 new exhibitors making their debut.