The three-day exhibit is aimed at promoting culinary tourism
The Food and Hospitality Bangladesh Expo 2019 has begun in Dhaka to showcase various traditional Bangladeshi delicacies, aiming to promote culinary tourism and attract both local and international tourists.
The three-day exhibit, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, kicked off at the International Convention City Bashundhara on Thursday, inaugurated by Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury.
Around 70 exhibitors from Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Italy and Spain, as well as 150 brands and 200 international delegates are taking part in the event.
Among the participants are representatives of hotels, restaurants and cafes, importers, distributors, housekeepers, spa specialists, architects and interior designers, hotel suppliers, chefs and government employees.
The expo has been jointly organized by Bangladesh International Hospitality Association (BIHA) and Wem Bangladesh Limited, under the supervision of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.
Live shows such as chef challenges, workshops on different cuisines, and round-table discussions on food and hospitality are set to be held on the sideline of the expo.
Addressing the event as chief guest, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said the traditional Bangali cuisine and the unique hospitality of Bangali people are major assets for the country to promote tourism here.
He said the government had declared tourism a “thrust sector” and given it high priority to further develop the country’s hospitality sector, identifying it as a potential tool to create jobs and earn foreign currencies.
Urging the private sector to invest more in the tourism industry, Saifuzzaman said the government was ready to work as a facilitator for the private companies.
Welcoming the initiative to hold the first ever food and hospitality expo in Bangladesh, the minister suggested organizing similar events abroad in order to promote Bangladeshi food in the global arena.
Parjatan Corporation Chairman Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir said the state-run tourism facilitator always promoted the country’s traditional cuisine both home and abroad to exploit culinary tourism, which has huge potential in Bangladesh.
BIHA Chairperson HM Hakim Ali, Unique Group of Companies MD M Noor Ali, and Bangladesh Restaurant Owners Association Chairperson Khandakar Ruhul Amin also spoke on the occasion, among others.