Over 80% reser­va­tions made two months be­fore Horeca opens: An­jeri

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Fol­low­ing the re­mark­able suc­cess achieved by Horeca 2016 that was held last Jan­uary, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah is set to pa­tron­ize the open­ing of the Horeca 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion. The event, or­ga­nized by Lead­ers Group Com­pany for Con­sul­tancy and Devel­op­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with Hos­pi­tal­ity Ser­vices Com­pany, takes place at the Mishref In­ter­na­tional Fair­grounds in the pe­riod of Jan­uary 16-18, 2017.

On this oc­ca­sion, Lead­ers Group’s Gen­eral Man­ager Na­bila Al-An­jeri said added that over 80 per­cent of the space al­lo­cated for the ex­hi­bi­tion had al­ready been booked by ma­jor com­pa­nies in the fields of hos­pi­tal­ity, ho­tels and food ser­vices, in ad­di­tion to com­pa­nies spe­cial­ized in cargo, ship­ping, trans­port and gas. She added that the ex­hi­bi­tion presents real pri­vatepub­lic part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, which sup­port strate­gic tourism pro­jects. Those plans should also serve the ul­ti­mate goal of turn­ing Kuwait into a touris­tic des­ti­na­tion that pro­vides var­i­ous types of tourism for re­cre­ation, com­mer­cial ex­change, in­vest­ment and hold­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and sports cham­pi­onships, in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing small and medium pro­jects and pro­vid­ing more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaiti youth.

Fur­ther, An­jeri stressed that the great trust ex­pressed by spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants made the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee hold this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mishref Fair­ground where larger ar­eas are avail­able to meet the grow­ing de­mand on par­tic­i­pa­tion. An­jeri added that the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is very keen on main­tain­ing pre­vi­ous suc­cesses, adding that it plans to hold a cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion this year as well with par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 250 chefs from Kuwait and other coun­tries around the world.

“In view of the con­stant ex­pan­sion in restau­rants and the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor in Kuwait and the fact that we now have over 5,000 restau­rants ( one restau­rant per 670 per­sons), the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor must be sci­en­tif­i­cally de­vel­oped by ex­perts who find this is pos­si­ble through Horeca,” Al-An­jeri added not­ing that the huge num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies en­riches the ex­hi­bi­tion.

An­jeri also stressed that the pro­jected in­crease of ho­tel rooms in Kuwait to over 12,000 by 2018 add to the sig­nif­i­cance of Horeca Kuwait, and call for more co­op­er­a­tion. Fi­nally, An­jeri thanked all spon­sors and stressed that Lead­ers Group and Hos­pi­tal­ity Ser­vices do ap­pre­ci­ate the trust they had shown in Horeca for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year. She also thanked the over 70 com­pa­nies who had so far reg­is­tered to take part in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Na­bila Al-An­jeri

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