The first ever food and hospitality fair began in the capital today aiming at showcasing various exotic traditional Bangladeshi food for promoting culinary tourism to both local and international tourists.
Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA) and Wem Bangladesh Limited
under the supervision of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) jointly organised the three-
day fair styled “Food and Hospitality Bangladesh Expo 2019” at International ConventionCity Bashundhara in the capital. The Better Bangladesh Foundation joined the Expo as Strategic partner.
Around 70 exhibitors from seven countries, including India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Italy,
Spain and Bangladesh taking part at the exposition.
The participants are representatives of hotels, restaurants, cafés, importers,distributors, housekeepers, spa specialists, architects and interior designers, hotel suppliers,chefs and government employees. On the sideline of the fair, live shows such as chefchallenges, workshops on food of different countries and roundtables on different topicsrelated to food and hospitality are being organized.
Land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury inaugurated the fair as the chief guest while BPCChairman Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, President of BIHA HM Hakim Ali, Professor Masud A. khan , Chairman of Better Bangladesh Foundation and Diplomatic Advisor of BIHA , ManagingDirector of Unique Group of Companies M Noor Ali and chairperson of BangladeshRestaurant Owners Association Khandakar Ruhul Amin also spoke, among others.
The Land minister said variety of traditional food and unique hospitality character of peopleof Bangladesh are major assets to promote tourism here.
Saifuzzaman said the government has declared the tourism as a thrust sector and gave highestpriority to flourish the country’s hospitality sector identifying it as a potential tool of earningforeign exchange as well as poverty alleviation. Ambassadors of Brazil, UAE, Palestine, Myanmar joined the program as Guest of Honor.
Urging the private sector to invest more in the tourism industry, the minister said the
government is ready to work as a facilitator for the private companies to bloom the country leisure and hospitality sector. Welcoming the initiative to hold first ever food and hospitality exposition in the country, the minister suggested for organizing such kind of event abroad to display the country's
traditional food in the international arena to attract more foreign tourists to visit Bangladesh.
Kabir said the BPC always promotes the country & traditional food in home and abroad toexploit the huge opportunity of culinary tourism in Bangladesh.