Igeho 2019 opens with visions for the future and an optimistic mood

Published on 11/16/2019 by Corinne Moser

Today, Saturday 16 November, marked the opening of Igeho, the International Exhibition for Hotels, Catering, Take-Away and Care. Over a period of five days, Igeho will be transforming Messe Basel into the number-one industry meeting point for Swiss hosts. Around 650 exhibitors from 19 countries are presenting their products and services, and launching trends. They constitute the key to Igeho’s success. Other highlights of the 2019 edition include the Chefs’ Arena, where guests will include icons like Tim Raue and Tanja Grandits, the input and meeting zone of Igeho Campus powered by HotellerieSuisse, and the DRINKafFAIR spirits fair.

The starting shot has been fired. Today, Igeho opened its doors at Messe Basel. As Switzerland’s biggest and most important event for hotels, catering, take-away and care institutions, the fair provides inspiration for day-to-day business and presents solutions for the challenges of the future. Some 650 exhibitors provide insight into a wide range of services for hosts to this end. And Igeho additionally offers an exciting accompanying programme, with something to delight everyone who comes – be it hospitality trends, star chefs or robots.

“The hospitality industry is a people business”
At the opening of Igeho Campus powered by HotellerieSuisse and moderated by Kiki Mäder, MCH Group CEO Bernd Stadlwieser spoke about the importance of Igeho. “This fair is a perfect example of how trends and traditions, digitisation and live experiences can successfully complement one other”, said Stadlwieser, expressing his conviction. HotellerieSuisse director, Claude Meier, then gave exciting insights into the future-oriented change coming about in the hospitality industry. He spoke of “an industry that loves emotions and lives off emotions, where the combination of digital and physical experiences is opening up completely new perspectives”.

The mood is one of optimism
Also dedicated to the future is the programme for next-generation professionals at Igeho. This is being staged under the auspices of the professional association, Hotel & Gastro Union. The best service professionals of the year will thus be honoured with the awards for the Service Championships, while the best housekeeping specialists will receive the Housekeeper 2019 Awards. In the live Cookery Challenge which forms part of the Igeho U21 parcours, vocational college students can compete against each other and obtain useful tips from the stars in the Chefs’ Arena. The "Restaurant CH", run by final-year students from the Belvoir Park Hotel and Restaurant Management School, rounds off the highly varied commitment for next-generation professionals.

Tim Raue and Tanja Grandits as guests in the Chefs’ Arena
One particular highlight at Igeho is the opportunity to see the industry’s professionals in action. The Chefs’ Arena is proud to be presenting Tim Raue and Tanja Grandits this year. Tim Raue is regarded as one of Germany’s best chefs, with 19.5 Gault Millau points and 2 Michelin-Guide stars. His restaurant in Berlin was named the best restaurant of 2019 by “Feinschmecker” magazine. Since 2016, it has also featured in the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” – currently in 40th place. Tanja Grandits is the first woman in Switzerland to have been awarded 19 Gault Millau points. She runs the Stucki restaurant in Basel. Gourmet enthusiasts must be sure not to miss the appearance of these two star chefs at Igeho.

Tank up on inspiration and knowledge
Following today’s opening, the excitement will be continuing over the next few days. In the framework of Igeho, the “Historic hotel/restaurant of 2020” award is to be presented, and the Igeho Campus powered by HotellerieSuisse will be featuring a varied mixture of inspiration and knowledge, from the sustainable handling of food and meat consumption, right through to tips for making a success of your business. Bar and spirits fans will be in their element at the DRINKafFAIR, which is open from 12:00 to 19:00 until Tuesday.

The daily programmes for Igeho Campus powered by HotellerieSuisse are available at igeho.ch/campus and the Igeho events calendar at igeho.ch/events. Igeho at Messe Basel is running until Wednesday, 20 November 2019.

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