Panjim: It’s `Advantage India’ as the country is poised to receive international tourist arrivals expected to reach 30.5 million by 2028, with a diverse portfolio of niche tourism products likes cruises, adventure, wellness, sports, eco-tourism to offer global travellers.
As per IBEF (India Brand Equity Foundation) the Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. Tourism in India has significant potential considering the rich cultural and historical heritage, proving to be a potentially large employment generator, besides being a significant source of foreign exchange for the country, research states.
While India’s rising middle class with increasing disposable incomes has continued to support the growth of domestic and outbound tourism, the travel and tourism sector in India alone has accounted for 8% of the total employment opportunities generated in the country in 2017, providing employment to around 41.6 million people during the same year. This number is expected to rise by 2% per annum to 52.3 million jobs by 2028, as more international hotel chains increase their presence in India. IBEF data estimates this to account for around 47% share in the Tourism and Hospitality sector of India by 2020, and 50% by 2022.
Poised against this promising reality, the 16th International edition of India Hospitality Expo in Goa from August 1-3 to be held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Bambolim, brings together Hospitality industry experts, government and private stakeholders, market leaders and industry brands to create a dialogue around quality and sustainability tourism opportunities. Some of India’s celebrated hospitality stars this year include Chef Hemant Oberoi, USA World Beer Authority Judges Jenna and Hannan, world class mixologists, Pankaj and Sachin, all showcased in an eclectic environment of food knowledge exchange sessions, master classes, food demos and LIVE cooking sessions.
This year the edition also attempts a Guinness Record at cooking the world’s largest Bread Pudding on August 2nd at 5.00pmin an attempt to showcase local talent, while celebrating achievers from the Travel, Hospitality, Food, Service and F & B sectors at the Award Nights scheduled to be hosted across August 1-3.
Research states that Goa’s food market potential is pegged at Rs 10,000 crores, and tourism related food market estimated at Rs 5,000 crores with a 5-10% growth rate projection. With great connectivity by air, rail, sea and road favouring Goa as an ideal food and drink importer, the State’s Tourism Master Plan estimates an additional bed requirement of 2914 in the Star category, and 4186 in the non-star category in the near future.
Industry expert and Chairman of Trinity Group, organisers of the 16th International edition of India Hospitality Expo 2019, Mr Joseph Dias says, ”It is a pleasure to showcase the 16th international edition of India Hospitality Expo 2019 in Goa, with the best of food and hospitality talent coming together in the State. The Expo will honour local talent in F & B from across India, international and Goa, providing a benchmark for encouraging and supporting quality focused service, skilled professionals across its allied industry. I invite everyone to come and experience this year’s stellar platform and multi-diverse hospitality talent.”
While Chefs get ready to take on their colleagues at the several contests that will earmark 3 days of learning and festivities during the event, India’s celebrated Chef Hemant Oberoi shares that he is, “Looking forward to this event to encourage and support the industry. I believe culinary contests which attempt to create world records is a way to help the industry grow.”
Also scheduled to attend is Fratelli Wines ambassador Craig Wedge, Guinness world record winner flairologist and mixologist, Pankaj Kamble.
With over 300 brands, multi-state government participation, hospitality business entrepreneurs, exhibitors from across the country and international talent participation, India Hospitality Expo 2019 promises to be a mega success.