Igeho 2019: Successfully balancing trends and traditions
Published on 8/21/2019 by Corinne Moser
Igeho will be opening its doors at Messe Basel from 16 to 20 November 2019. The international exhibition for hotels, catering, take-away and care is keeping abreast of the times and showing how trends can be combined with tradition. Exciting speakers, panel discussions and networking at all the different levels feature on the agenda for the individual days. And culinary delights will naturally not be lacking either.
Igeho is the biggest and most important event for successful hosts in Switzerland and the regions over the border. With its representative range of exhibits, the fair offers market participants from the professional hotel and catering sectors a unique platform for experiencing new kinds of products, innovations and trends.
Concentrated knowledge and inspiration galore
As an input and meeting zone, Igeho Campus promotes interdisciplinary discourse and networking throughout the hospitality industry. This time – the third time that it is being staged – HotellerieSuisse is presenting the multifaceted programme. The current topics that experts will be taking up in their lectures and panel discussions are both varied and stimulating: "Which trends offer added value?", "How do I make my company fit for the future?" or "What is important for the guests and employees of tomorrow?". The speakers too could hardly be more exciting. Richard Kämpf, Head of Tourism Policy at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO will be speaking on the subject of "Productivity or frequencies. Where is Swiss tourism heading?". Bernhard Heusler will be talking about the joint celebration of successes, while Julian Dömer, Head of IoT at Swisscom, explains the options opened up by the "Internet of Things" for a smart hotel.
Professional cooks and young talents
Plenty of scope is naturally accorded to culinary delights at Igeho too. In the Chefs' Arena, star chefs and young talents let you take a look in their pots, present their excellent kitchen philosophies and share their recipes for success. During the cooking competition that is being staged as part of the U21 parcours for apprentices, 3 x 2 classes will be competing against each other. And they will be actively supported in this by eminent sponsors including Tanja Grandits, Tim Raue and Patrick Mahler. The established Restaurant CH, run by final-year students from the Belvoirpark Hotel and Restaurant Management School will be opening its doors as "Zürcher Niederdorf im Herzen von Basel" (Zurich-Niederdorf at the Heart of Basel) once again. On the menu are typical Swiss dishes and regional delicacies.
New at Igeho – DRINKafFAIR and culinary tours
In 2019, the DRINKafFAIR trade fair will be a guest at Igeho. This international "bar and spirits" meeting point complements the offerings of Igeho in an optimum manner. Around 50 brands – including smaller brands and newcomers – will be presenting themselves in a uniform setting and inviting professionals from the industry to discuss product innovations and trends and forge new contacts. DRINKafFAIR is being held from 12:00 to 19:00 on Saturday, 16 November to Tuesday,19 November 2019, in Hall 1.0 South (Event Hall) at Messe Basel.
By professionals for professionals: for the whole duration of the fair, two culinary tours of Basel are being offered every day in cooperation with genusstour.ch. The "UrbanKaffee" (Urban Coffee) tour starts at 09:30 every day at the Kaffeemacher Café, Centralbahnstrasse 22, in Basel. The "Klassiker" (Classics) tour starts directly after the fair has closed for the day, at 18:00 in the foyer of the City Lounge North. The tours cost CHF 75 and CHF 190 respectively. Those wishing to participate at the special rate must have a valid Igeho day ticket. The number of places is limited: please register at genusstour.ch.
Proven exhibition concepts
"Spa Competence" shows precisely what it means to relax. It brings together well-founded specialist knowledge about spas, fitness and wellness – for visitors to immerse themselves in and marvel at! In the "Newcomer’s Area" start-ups and first-timers at the fair will be presenting themselves. Innovative products and new ideas – people who don't discover anything here will presumably not discover anything anywhere. And last but not least, probably the most popular vehicles of all will be standing in Hall 1.0 North – the food trucks. Here there is everything that a gourmet could wish for – from curried sausage and pasta right through to Japanese soft ice.