Five months before it opens its doors, Hostelco, the International Trade Show of Equipment for Catering, Hospitality and Collectivities, has already assigned 70% of its exhibition space to companies keen to get in on the action.
The show, which shares its arena with Restaurama, the Alimentaria trade show, is held between 20 – 23 April 2020 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue, will present the latest innovations in machinery and equipment for the hospitality world.
Hostelco and Restaurama will occupy more than 30,000 m2 , bringing together around 800 exhibiting firms, 27% of them from outside Spain, and they will be visited by 47,500 professionals from the Horeca channel, including more than 1,800 guest strategic buyers from 77 countries.
Hostelco saw a 5% increase in turnover in 2018, according to the results of the economic study conducted by FELAC, the entity that co-organises Hostelco.
According to Hostelco chairman Rafael Olmos: “Hostelco and Restaurama make up the benchmark European platform for foodservice, the Horeca channel, gastronomy and equipment. The decision to combine synergies was a great success, as is proven at every event.”
A major part of what Hostelco has to offer will be made up of the Fully Equipped sector, with catering equipment and machinery, and the area devoted to household goods and table setting.
66% of the platform comprising Hostelco and Restaurama will be occupied by equipment products and the rest by “food & drink”.
Hostelco and Restaurama will share some of the most significant activities scheduled within the framework of the trade show, including The Experience Live Gastronomy, an event conducted by more than 30 highly prestigious chefs.
Similarly, Hostelco will host new experimental spaces within the framework of Atmosphere: Hostelco Live Hotel and Hostelco Live Restaurant, which will replicate the main rooms of a hotel and a restaurant, and the Hostelco Live Arena, a space set aside for debate that will host talks by experts from the hospitality industry and the contract sector.
Another space for disseminating knowledge will be the Speaker’s Corner, which will provide distributors and installers of equipment and machinery for the hospitality industry with a space where they can showcase the latest market innovations.
Hostelco, in partnership with the Cultural Coffee Forum, will set aside an area with its own identity called Área Café, which will host talks, demonstrations, tastings, competitions and other activities to demonstrate not only the product’s unquestionable prominence but also its great potential for consumption in the hospitality world.
The trade show will once again host the Hostelco Awards to acknowledge excellence and innovation in nine categories related to different projects, products and services in the Horeca channel.