Scene at the event (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The 2019 Food & Hotel Vietnam, the country’s leading international food and hospitality trade exhibition, opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on April 24.

The 10th edition of the event, which lasts until April 26, attracts 466 exhibitors from 36 countries and territories, which are showcasing a wide range of food and beverage products, along with equipment and services serving the food and hospitality industry.

In addition to the latest products and services in the food and hotel sectors, the expo also includes the 2019 Vietnam Culinary Challenge, a short-term barista training workshop, and a barista and coffee experience programme.

BT Tee, general manager of UBM VES – the event’s organiser, said participating exhibitors are facilitated to connect with Vietnamese suppliers and producers via a host of sideline activities. One of these is the Vietnam Hospitality Managing Director Forum – CEO Talks, titled “Riding the wellness wave”, which aims at discussing new investment trends.

Kieran Fitzgerald, a representative from the Ireland national pavilion, said this is the first time Irish companies attend the Vietnamese expo, adding that they have brought agricultural products such as pork, beef and dairy products.

Meanwhile, Victoria state of Australia is introducing its specialties including meat, milk, honey and fruit.

According to experts, Vietnam’s strong economic growth, large population and rising incomes make the food and beverage sectors appealing to investors.

With the tourism industry in robust health, the number of foreign visitors keeps rising, increasing demand for hospitality and food equipment and services, they said.-VNA