International Hospitality Fair 2007 begins in capital

International Hospitality Fair 2007 begins in capital

New Delhi: With India emerging as a preferred destination for the global tourist, achieving higher standards of excellence in every area of the hospitality industry is the need of the hour.

This was the theme around which the International Hospitality Fair (IHF) 2007 was structured by CII with focus on strengthening the B2B platform wherein, hospitality and allied industry can play a stronger role.

It outlined a road map for service sector providers, government bodies and tourism departments that could help retain the incoming tourist while building on these numbers.

Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor, Delhi said that the net value addition will only go towards enriching the experience of a tourist which will in turn create an everlasting impression of the country.

Also, globalization will bring diffusion of cultures and India’s transformation will only serve to be a catalyst in pushing up numbers of inbound tourists in coming years.

The four day fair will highlight sourcing needs for the latest in food & beverage, bakery, food service, hospitality equipment, products, services and technology. More than 100 exhibitors are participating with products, services and solutions related to the hospitality industry.

Steps ahead

* Have more city centric events that help bring out the tradition, art, culture and ethos of the city. Delhi will have cultural programmes every month: Arvinder Singh Lovely, tourism minister, Delhi

* Additional 5000 rooms by 2010 to accommodate tourists visiting the city for Commonwealth Games

* Focus on eco-tourism and sustainable growth

* Skill development initiatives