Our lovely, touristic town of Siem Reap recently had the honor of hosting the Angkor Food & Hotel 2019 exhibition!
Angkor Food & Hotel 2019 is a food, beverage, hotel and hospitality exhibition of international size that was held from the 10 – 12 October at Sokha Resort and Convention Centre. The event was hosted by the Cambodia Tourism Federation and co-organised by the Cambodia Chef Association (CCA).
Hosting huge events such as this helps raise Cambodia’s hospitality industry to the regional and world stage. Siem Reap was chosen to host Angkor Food & Hotel this year as it has the highest number of four to five-star hotels in the country. There are already over 750 hotels listed in the Siem Reap province. And, the number of restaurants has been steadily increasing, reaching around 1200 this year.
It may also help to bounce back from the recent loss in tourists to the Angkor area.
During the three-day exhibition, members of the CCA took part in the Angkor Culinary Challenge. There were a total of twelve classes across three categories.
The F&B and Hospitality sectors are on the roll, steadily growing with the Kingdom’s vibrant economic growth. The country is increasingly becoming an attractive market for foreign and local investors.
Talking about the exhibition, Thim Sereyvudh, the chief of Siem Reap’s Tourism Industry said,
“It will help improve the quality of tourism services, food and beverage preparation, improve hospitality skills of tourism operators and restaurants, so they are in par with national and international standards.”
The Angkor Food & Hotel 2019 exhibition is organised by the Malaysian AMB Tarsus Events Group and several hundred companies across 18 countries participated in the event.
The highlight of the exhibition were the Cambodian International Culinary and Hospitality Competitions. They’re designed to support the development of Cambodia’s fast-growing food and beverage industry.
Chan Sophea, founder of the CCA, said the exhibition aimed at showing the world that Cambodia has the potential to serve food and beverage that can match international standards.
A range of activities were available for visitors attending Angkor Food & Hotel 2019. There were cake baking and decorating stations, culinary lines, pastry bake-offs, a pizza demonstration, and vegetable carving contests.
The exhibition is backed by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia Chefs’ Association, Cambodia Hotel Association, Cambodia Restaurant Association, and the Siem Reap Tourism Club.
The event is currently the biggest gathering of professionals from the hospitality and food / beverage industry in the Kingdom.