Good news for those doing business, or hoping to, outside their home countries: Thereís now a vast array of international trade shows you can attend to learn about new markets and make contacts.
Weíve pulled together a list of key global foodservice exhibitions you should consider attending in 2007. Listed below, in order of show date, youíll find info about must-see shows in Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
For a listing of 160 events and shows slated for í07, consult our World Events Calendar at www.fermag.com.
If youíve got your eye on Middle East expansion, the 12th Gulf Food, Hotel and Equipment Exhibition is where you want to be. This annual Dubai foodservice show, put together by Dubai World Trade Centre, expects to bring in more than 32,000 buyers to peruse 2,170 exhibits. Be sure to see U.S. equipment manufacturers at the NAFEM Pavilion.
The 81st Intíl. Trade Fair for Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Baking and Confectionary Trades will feature the latest in European catering and hospitality products. The event is expected to draw 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees, says the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Check out the new Kitchen Equipment and Technology area.
Hotelex Shanghai, the 16th Shanghai Intíl. Hospitality Equipment & Supply Expo, connects decision makers in China and Asia, plus equipment suppliers from China, Japan, Korea and Europe. U.S. suppliers will be represented at the NAFEM Pavilion. Shanghai CMP Sinoexpo Intíl. Exhibition Co. expects 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors.
In May, Hong Kong will be home to Hofex, also known as the 12th Asian Intíl. Exhibition of Food & Drink, Hotel, Restaurant & Foodservice Equipment, Supplies & Services. In 2005 the biennial Pan-Asian show welcomed more than 1,800 exhibitors and logged about 28,600 visitors. The show is run by Hong Kong Exhibition Services Ltd.
The National Restaurant Associationís 87th Annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is <I>the<I> place for foodservice professionals to be in May. The North American event will bring in more than 73,000 industry professionals from 100 countries. Some 2,000 companies will exhibit, and the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion will return.
The 5th Intíl. Hospitality Equipment, Supplies, Food & Beverage Fair will be held in June in conjunction with the China Intíl. Western Food Culture Expo. Hosfair plans to welcome 600 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors to the largest expo center in Asia. The show is organized by Guangzhou Huazhan Exhibition Planning Co.
Looking at Latin America? Plan to attend Fispal, the 23rd Intíl. Food Service Show, in Sao Paulo. The showís three main areas will include Foodservice Equipment and Accessories, Food and Beverage, and Gourmet Foods. Fispal is expected to host some 1,500 exhibitors and 65,000 attendees, most from across Brazil.
One of Mexicoís biggest foodservice shows is Abastur, held every October in Mexico City. Abastur show organizers Abastecedores Turisticos and Remex expect about 24,500 visitors and 450 exhibitors at the 2007 event.
The must-attend foodservice equipment event in the United States is The NAFEM Show, put on every two years by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. NAFEM planners expect some 600 exhibitors to show off their wares to at least 20,000 visiting professionals. Look for the always-popular Global Networking Event.
Youíll find plenty of Euro innovation at the biennial Host 2007 show, taking place at Fieramilano in October. The í05 Host show pulled in some 129,000 visitors to see 1,800 exhibitors. Get extra bang for the buck by visiting the concurrently held Franchising & Trade Exhibition.