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Youth creativity essential to tourism development: minister

2017 Horeca Kuwait exhibition underway

KUWAIT: Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah inaugurates the 2017 Horeca Kuwait exhibition. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

KUWAIT: The three-day 2017 Horeca Kuwait exhibition kicked off yesterday at the Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref, with the participation of over 80 companies specialized in hospitality, catering and hotel equipment. The event is organized by the Leaders Group Company for Consulting and Development in collaboration with the Hospitality Services Company.

The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, and in the presence of ambassadors, diplomats, businessmen, hoteliers, restaurateurs and chefs from around the world.

Sheikh Salman affirmed Kuwait’s interest in the development of the tourism sector, adding it is working to attract Kuwaiti youth to show their creativity in this field. “The tourism sector and its development is part of the future strategy for the country,” he said, pointing to the importance of supporting development plans and stimulating trade exhibitions, in addition to its role in supporting and encouraging small and medium enterprises that encourage young people. “There are many youth initiatives participating in this exhibition as well as a number of specialized training companies in the field of hospitality,” he added.

Nabila Anjari, General Manager of Leaders Group, said Horeca Kuwait does not only contribute to the development of the food industry, hotel equipment and hospitality sectors, but also helps in supporting plans to transform Kuwait into a touristic country and the diversification of income sources, where tourism projects will contribute about 30,000 jobs in 10 years, and the absorption of national investment of more than KD 700 million annually.

Anjari confirmed that the exhibition is a good opportunity for young people who are interested in establishing investment projects related to the hospitality sector and food industries, especially as the catering sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Kuwait. She pointed out that the exhibition attracted more than 80 leading companies operating in the field of hospitality and food industries and hotel equipment, shipping and travel. Anjari said Horeca has achieved a leading position in the Middle East, pointing out that Horeca events in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are a unique series of specialized events that support the government’s development plans.

Joumana Dammous, General Manager of Hospitality Services, expressed happiness for the great success achieved by Horeca Kuwait, pointing to the overwhelming response from major companies, whether Kuwaiti, Arab or foreign, which reflects confidence in the Kuwaiti market and its importance for investors. Dammous said cooperation between the Leaders Group and Hospitality Services for the sixth consecutive year in organizing Horeca Kuwait opens a wide window for further development and progress for the hospitality and food industry not only in Kuwait, but also in neighboring countries.

By Faten Omar

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