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The international industry trade event returns as the leading platform for discovering the latest trends, building business and improving skills in Thailand’s dynamic
food & hospitality industry
Bangkok, Thailand – Food & Hotel Thailand (FHT) 2018 returns for its 26th edition this 5 to 8 September at BITEC. This year’s event will be bigger than ever with five exciting new international pavilions, two new local pavilions and five new events, in addition to showcasing premium products and services from around the world across a new bigger three combined halls layout at BITEC.
In response to Thailand and the regions dynamic and growing food & hospitality industry, FHT 2018 is expanding to three combined exhibition halls with an area of over 18,000 sqm – a 20% increase from last year. The event will host 466 participants from 33 countries exhibiting top-quality products and services from more than 2,000 brands. FHT 2018 will feature eight international country pavilions from leaders in this sector, including four new international pavilions highlighting innovative food, beverage and hospitality products from their respective nations: Italy, organized by Bellavita; Korea, organised by Jeonbuk Institute For Food-Bioindustry (JIF), Poland, organized by the National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR); two from Japan, one organized by Osaka and another by Taito Tokyo. Two new local pavilions from Central E-san showcasing food and products from North East Thailand and Green Suppliers' Pavilion showcasing green and sustainable products for hotels and restaurants.
In addition, FHT will host conferences discussing trends and tips for improving skills and increasing competitiveness in this industry, including Thailand’s 20th Hospitality Industry Congress, Thailand’s 24th International Culinary Cup (TICC), Thai Restaurant Association Seminar, Thailand National Latte Art Championship 2019, Thailand National Culinary Team Final Preparation Lunches before competing in the Culinary World Cup 2018, 14th FBAT International Wine Challenge, Wine Seminars and Wine Master Class 2018, Best Sommelier in French and Thai Wines 2018, Executive Housekeeper Association Workshop and Seminar, Hotels & Building Chief Engineering’s Club Seminar, Dusit Thani College Seminars, and Thai Spa Operators Association Seminar.

Five brand new activities that should not be missed are the Gelato Workshops by Carpigiani Gelato University, the Thailand National Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, ASEAN Professional Beverage Academy (APBA) Masterclasses 2018 for Sake and Whiskey and the Innolab Forum: Food Allergen Management for Food Retail, Food Services & Food Catering.   
Tourism accounted for 20% of Thailand’s GDP (2.76 trillion Baht) in 2017 and the country expects to reach 3 trillion Baht from more than 30 million tourists this year. In the first half of 2018, Thailand has already seen 19.44 million foreign tourists – a 12% increase from last year. Chinese tourists remain the largest group with a 26% growth rate, reaching 5.9 million to date. These growing numbers are driven by the government’s decision to promote both Thailand’s primary and secondary tourist cities.
“Thailand’s tourism industry is very strong as seen by the increasing number of local and foreign tourists. While the food & hospitality industry is expanding to meet growing demands, businesses also need to develop and expand to take advantage of these opportunities and impress tourists,” said Justin Pau, General Manager of UBM Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. He also noted, “FHT 2018 is the leading international platform for food & hospitality related businesses to explore the latest products and services from both local and international companies, as well as learn new skills from leading global food & hospitality professionals. FHT enables visitors to get ready for new and greater food & hospitality business. We organise FHT to support the industry and build a pathway on which businesses can step forward together and lead Thailand’s industry.”
FHT 2018 offers the best solutions and premium products from around the world and should not be missed by members of the food, hospitality, foodservice, restaurant, catering or retail industries. It is an opportunity to grow your business and increase your competitiveness in this growing sector.
Food & Hotel Thailand 2018 will be held from 5 to 8 September, opening hours 10am to 6pm every day, held in Exhibition Halls 102-104 at BITEC, Bangkok. For more information, please visit www.foodhotelthailand.com, Facebook Page www.facebook.com/Food & Hotel Thailand

About Food & Hotel Thailand
Food & Hotel Thailand is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit www.ubm.com/asia  for more information about our presence in Asia.