every year just seems to get busier. No sooner was WTCE in Hamburg over and I was heading to APOT in Australia. And as the farewells rang out there, we looked ahead to InnoTrans in Berlin and IFSA/APEX in Boston, not to mention the shows we attend in London.
Now we have added our own Onboard Hospitality Forum - Asia in Singapore to the schedule (see page 29) and my passport stamps confirm what you already know - ours is a truly global industry!
I'm not complaining. Despite the hassles that sometimes go with travel and the pre-departure stress of preparing for events, we all know it is these opportunities to come face-to-face with international colleagues, clients and competitors that really bring the industry to life. Travel gives us the opportunity to experience the latest in onboard hospitality ourselves too, to see first hand the culture and cuisines of other nations and to tap into expertise and insights of other regions.
This is what keeps us current, brings new energy to our own initiatives and fires up our enthusiasms. In this issue you'll find previews for all coming events, alongside worldwide trends and innovations. We like to think we're at the heart of it all, eagerly looking out for the next global development and recognising excellence with our 2019 Onboard Hospitality Awards, now open for entries. Safe travels all and enjoy the journey!