This year’s edition saw a total of 34,544 attendees from 85 countries / regions
HICA Finalists at FHA-HoReCa 2022
Singapore, 28 October 2022 –-HoReCa 2022 (FHA) closed to a resounding success after four exciting days of B2B exchange among the hotel-restaurant-café industry players. The tradeshow is a testament to the strength of the HoReCa industry which are rebounding strongly in Singapore and the region in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s edition saw a total of 34,533 attendees from 85 countries and regions with 34% from overseas and 66% local visitors.
Guest of Honor – Mr. Alvin Tan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Culture, Community and Youth said during the opening ceremony: "Through Hotel ITM 2025, hotel industry value-add is expected to have a real compound annual growth rate of 5.9 per cent by 2025, as well as create good jobs in emerging areas such as wellness, sustainability, and technology.”
Mr. Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board said: “A strong and growing tourism sector needs a vibrant hotel industry. Singapore’s hotels are amongst the best in the world but they can continue to transform and grow so that Singapore’s tourism sector can capture the next phase of growth. The Hotel ITM 2025 charts a clear vision, and we look forward to working closely with our industry partners on this journey.”
Ms. Kwee Wei-Lin, President, Singapore Hotel Association said: “Despite the pandemic’s impact on the tourism sector, our hotels have demonstrated remarkable resilience and creativity. Taking full advantage of the downtime, they have successfully piloted innovative experiences, pivoted to new business models, enhanced capabilities, and refurbished their infrastructure. We will continue to work with the government to catalyse new ideas and solutions to achieve the goals of the refreshed ITM.”
Competitions highlights at FHA-HoReCa
Team Hungry Bird from Indonesia which were champions for ASEAN Barista Team Championship
The FHA-HoReCa has a brand-new experience zone, Hospitality 4.0. This feature area highlighted innovative solutions in three distinct areas – restaurant, kitchen, and hotels – as well as offered a four-day conference programme that was well attended by over 700 industry professionals with over 50 international thought-leaders discussing the future of hospitality. The zone also incorporated a start-up village and hosted the inaugural Hotel Innovation Challenge Asia (HICA) 2022, where eight hospitality solutions were shortlisted from over 100 submissions to address the industry’s pertinent challenges.
The judging criteria were based on the impact, feasibility, and innovativeness of their proposals, and Vouch emerged as the winner of the challenge. An award-winning travel-tech company that offers hoteliers digital solutions for enhancing guest experience, maximising revenue and optimising operational efficiency.
The FHA Culinary Challenge (FCC), in association with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WorldChefs) and supported by the Singapore Chefs’ Association (SCA) and regional chefs’ associations, uncovered some of the region’s top culinary talents before crowning 71 awards recipients. Winning highlights include:
Outstanding Pastry Chef – Chu Min Qi, Malaysia
Outstanding Themed Cake Design – Jeriel Encarnado, Philippines
Outstanding Artistry and Technique – Thuan Pham Van, Vietnam
Patisserie Art Display, Artistic Sculpture, Gold with Distinction – Thuan Pham Van, Vietnam
AGC Team Singapore with chefs and judges from SPA
The winners of the Asian Gelato Cup (AGC), a biennial event supported by the Singapore Pastry Alliance, Gelato e Cultura S.r.l., and Italian Exhibition Group Expo S.p.a., will be representing Asia in the prestigious Gelato World Cup 2024 to be held in Rimini, Italy. They were:
1st Runner Up: Chinese Taipei
2nd Runner Up: South Korea
The winners of the Asian Pastry Cup were:
Champion – Malaysia
1st Runner-up – South Korea
2nd Runner-up – Chinese Taipei
The winners of the ASEAN Barista Team Championship were:
Champion: Hungry Bird, Indonesia
1st Runner-up: Singa Crew, Singapore
2nd Runner-up: SG Expendables, Singapore
3rd Runner-up: Glyph, Singapore
Hosted Buyer hots up with over 2000 business meetings
Introducing a slew of new innovations to novel buyers, the hosted buyers segment conducted over 2,000 business meetings in the last four days at the fair ground and connected high value buyers with a range of goods and services to great buying success.
“My first experience at a business expo opened my eyes to new practices, opportunities and technologies. It is a bountiful experience to those with interest in the industries,” said Stephen Yap, Business Executive, Chroma Hospitality.
“The FHA-HoReCa was a great venue to meet principal suppliers, understand market options, and network with both buyers & potential business partners”, said Francesca Cielo R. Morco, Corporate Procurement, Jollibee Foods Corporation.
Look forward to FHA-Food & Beverage in April 2023 and FHA-HoReCa in October 2024