Today was our first day at HOFEX (www.hofex.com) 2007. We were supposed to be four but we are two. Our chairman cuold not join us because the second session of the first MTDC annual general meeting is to be held on the 16th. Joy was also to join us, but at the last minute we came to know that he requires a visa to come to Hong Kong. So now we are Ahmed Didi and myself.
The first day of the exhibition, we went to Hall One. We spend from ten thirty till six thirty in Hall One. Hall One was for hotel equipments Hotel, Restaurant & Foodservice Equipment, Supplies and Services. We started the exhibition with Bon Cafe coffee, after collecting our pre-registration visitor cards in the queue.
We mainly looked for glassware, cutlery, linen, industrial kitchen equipment and housekeeping equipment. We also met with Mr. Mahomet and Mr. Murad and Mr. Ibrahim from Ozty which is our kitchen equipment supplier from Turkey. Mahomet who is the Area Export Manager is to visit us in August for the Maldives Hotel and Trade Fair in August.
HOFEX has been a good experience, but I am sure it would have been so much better if Joy had been around. We came back to the hotel and went through the contacts we had gathered including for kitchen knives from Portugal, cutlery from ONEIDA which is a US brand. We also have a good contact for pop-corn machines and a previouly know ice-cream machine vendor. And ofcourse, the food processing equipment from a US company!
Mohamed Shihab | Smile and Let Smile