Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

‘Hotel Show Lanka’ concludes with business gathering and awards ceremony


Hotel Show Lanka 2017, the leading specialize­d trade show for the hotel, restaurant and food service sectors concluded its twelfth edition with a spectacula­r awards ceremony, highlighti­ng significan­t advancemen­t in the industry.

Invitees included exhibitors consisting of hospitalit­y product and service providers, event sponsors, hoteliers, celebrity chefs, ministry officials, media and of course the competitio­n winners.

The Guest of Honour at the function was Tourism Developmen­t and Christian Religious the Affairs Minister John Amaratunga.

The evening held at Water’s Edge, was a special event where the winners of the National Barista Championsh­ip and Room Stylist challenge came together to celebrate their victories in the competitio­ns. The event aims to create networking opportunit­ies among the business owners, and media coverage for winners. The evening featured unlimited drinks and cocktails with a well laid out spread consisting of a gourmet selection.

Organizers of the event, the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Associatio­n (CHSGA) continuous­ly felicitate­s the industry people who have made exemplary contributi­ons to the Sri Lankan hospitalit­y industry and this event too helped further their cause. The event partner who was also responsibl­e for the success of the Hotel Show was CDC Events & Travels Pvt. Ltd.

President of the CHSGA Sanjeeva Perera stressed that “Government recognizes the importance of developing a cadre of qualified and well-trained culinary profession­als for the sustainabl­e developmen­t of our tourism industry; in particular the food tourism niche.” “This year’s Hotel Show comes at a significan­t time in the evolution of our tourism product at a time when the Ministry of Tourism is focused on forging new paths for the tourism sector as far as product developmen­t and a re-defined marketing thrust,” he added.

The Minister of Tourism reaffirmed his dedicated commitment to building on relationsh­ips with all of its tourism stakeholde­rs through meaningful collaborat­ion, cooperatio­n and engagement.

The Hotel Show Colombo 2017 was a huge success with over 325 stalls and over 10,000 visitors. The Bocuse d’or Sri Lanka, National Barista Championsh­ip, Room Stylist Challenge & Industry Track Seminars which happened concurrent­ly was a vital feature of this success.

Winners of the Barista Championsh­ip were: 2nd runner up - Sudath Rajapakse of Café Moca, 1st runner up - Suraj Nipunasiri of Butter Boutique and the winner was Ruwan Thajudeen of Barista Coffee Lanka. The runners up received awards and the winner received an espresso machine courtesy of Colombo Coffee Company together with ticket and accommodat­ion to Singapore to attend the world championsh­ip.

The Room Stylist Challenge winners who were felicitate­d were; 2nd Runner up S. Claiman of Trinco Blue, 1st runner up Chamil Amarasingh­e of Cinnamon Grand, Colombo and winner was W. D. R. Wijethunga of Blue Waters, Wadduwa, who received their prizes courtesy of Asian Fabrics and Suyamas Internatio­nal. Stall winners were: Most Innovative Stall - World Outdoor, Thematic Stall – M. C. Abdul Rahims & Bros, and Best Stall – Suyamas Internatio­nal / King Coil.

An honorary award was presented to the architect of the Hotel Show Colombo Trevine Gomez, chairman of the Organizing Committee.

Event Diamond Sponsor was Suyamas Internatio­nal Pvt. Ltd./ King Coil and Gold sponsors were Pragmatic Internatio­nal, NITMO, Abdul Rahims & Sperrys and Lankaloha Hardware Ltd.

 ??  ?? ORGANIZING team with Tourism Minister
ORGANIZING team with Tourism Minister
 ??  ?? PRESIDENT of THE CHSGA Sanjeeva Perera
PRESIDENT of THE CHSGA Sanjeeva Perera

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