The Hotelex 2018 expo drew a total of 146,267 trade buyers during the 4-day show, of which 5,135 came from overseas.

One of the most influential catering and hospitality trade exhibitions spread over 22 halls, 220,000 square metres of exhibition space, Hotelex 2018 saw a strong attendance of national and international exhibitors and visitors. Co-hosted with Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration and China Tourist Hotel Association, the show attracted a total of 146,267 trade buyers, during its four-days, of which 5,135 came from overseas to source from 2,500 exhibiting companies from 122 countries and regions. Compared to last year, the overseas buyers showed an upward trajectory.

“This is our 12th consecutive year attending Hotelex. The stage really makes the product service concept stand out and boosts the brand value, expanding the customer base. We definitely expect more from Hotelex and will keep rooting for it all along,” said Lina Ma, marketing manager of Veetsan Commercial Machine Co. Ltd.

“There is no other industry event in Shanghai where the entire industry gets under one roof on this scale,” added MingMei Yi, general manager, Shanghai Jincheng Refrigeration Equipment Co, Ltd

Hotelex has always been the indicator of the hospitality industry, constantly pursuing innovation and revolution. The hotel section featured interior design, lighting, amenities, fitness & leisure, IT & security and more. The fine food and beverage sectors also saw huge improvement. From hardware to software the catering equipment section was set in themes: high-end western catering, star hotels and independent hotels; the Kitchen Lab invited well-known culinary experts. There was a 10 per cent climb on tableware section where Chinese brands joined over 300 international brands.

Coffee and Wine have always been the main features in Hotelex, and this was true this year too: 80 domestic and overseas coffee stores showcased their products. Also in focus were Coffee championships series authorised by World Coffee Events: Barista, Latte Art, Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters. Other highlights included 2018 Central Kitchen Construction and Development Forum, New Beverage Generation Forum, Catering Industry Revolution Forum, and so on.