Rpe at Host 2017
Records were broken and there was a clear sense that this was a major event: a better-than-ever showcase for a dynamic industry: the fortieth edition of the International Hospitality Exhibition, the leading event for the various Ho.Re.Ca sectors, closed on 24 October. At 187,602 professional visitors (up 24.3% on the last edition of 2015), 38.8% of them from 177 foreign countries (a total of 72,699, up 20.4% on 2015), participation can truly be described as outstanding. Outside western European nations, the best represented countries in terms of visitor numbers were China, the USA, Russia, Eastern Europe and Middle East countries, but there were also visitors from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia and Polynesia. Other visitors came from Africa, most notably from Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. These quite new markets could have some very pleasant surprises in store for the future, and once again confirm the key role HostMilano has earned itself as the point of reference for hoteliers, retailers and caterers all over the world.