The Food, Beverage and Hospitality industry is gearing up for Maldives largest and most anticipated event “Hotel Asia 2015”. This annual expo will be held from the 19th to 21st of September 2015, with the International Culinary Competition taking place one day prior and going on for four full days. The event will take place at Dharubaaruge Exhibition Hall, Male.

The event is supported and endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives, The Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the Sri Lanka–Maldives Bilateral Business Council and the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Chambers will be hosting two of the largest pavilions at this year’s expo.

According to CEO of the holding company of Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services, Aasim Mukthar, “the Exhibition and the Culinary Challenge is more than a regional event, it is an international showcase and a global business arena which highlights Maldives as a must visit destination. The event is a trading platform, a knowledge sharing experience, a networking opportunity and industry driver under one roof.” Over 200 international suppliers and about 5000 industry professionals will attend the four-day event. The event has sold out its 15,000 square feet of exhibition space across 6 halls of the Dharubaaruge Exhibition Centre and outdoor area as well emphasizing and highlighting the strength of international interest and investment in one of South Asia’s most lucrative food, beverage and hospitality markets.

The Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge is the regions premier culinary competition with the participation of over 400 chefs from 48 resorts confirmed to date. Due to the popularity and the array of a distinguished qualified judging panel, the organizers have to start the competition one day prior to the expo to accommodate more participants. The competition segment is worked out through a large number of categories which include classics such as Pastas, Hot Cooking – Meat, Poultry and Seafood and Iced Mocktails.