Popular biennial hospitality exhibition HOST opens its doors this month and if you’re one of the many operators or caterers flying out to the event, you’ll be pleased to know that there will be more kit to see than ever before.
Organisers of the Milan-based event say it is the biggest show they have pulled together yet, with more than 1,900 exhibitors from 60 countries set to take part. The growth in participants makes the show 10% larger than it was two years ago.
HOST has always had a strong international flavour and it is no different this year. More than 40% of companies exhibiting at the show are based overseas, while the rest originate from Italy. There will be representation from all five continents, according to the organisers. The top seven countries in terms of exhibitor presence include Germany (up 15% compared with 2013), Spain and France (+11%), USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK (all +4%).
This year, in addition to the big chains, Host has invited purchasing managers from the high-end boutique and luxury hotel sector to the event, while large delegations of hospitality decision-makers are on their way from the USA, China, Russia and India.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When: Friday 23 -Tuesday 27 October 2015
Times: 09.30 – 18.30
Where: Fieramilano Exhibition Centre, Milan
More info: www.host.fieramilano.it
The Fieramilano exhibition centre in Rho is easily accessibile by underground, with one of the exits of right inside the fair ground, and connects the new structure with the centre of Milan in less than 30 minutes. Furthermore, the new centre is fed from three motorway junctions and is furnished with a high number of parking lots, besides t being close to the Milano Malpensa Airport.
By train: Visitors using the subway can take the Red Line and get off at Rho Fiera Milano stop. Journey time from the centre of Milan is 30 minutes. A €2.55 extra-urban ticket is required for one way travel (or €5 for round trip). A daily ticket may be purchased for €7 Euros, which is also valid for any urban transport on the day it is validated. www.atm-mi.it
By car: From the motorways A7-Genoa, A1 Bologna and A4-Turin take ring road west (tangenziale ovest) and go to Fieramilano exit.
From the A4-Venice motorway take the Pero-fieramilano exit. From the motorways A8-Varese and A9-Como at the Milano nord junction take the A4-Venice and go to Fieramilano exit.
From Milan follow the road signs to the motorways A8 Varese or A4 Turin and take the Fieramilano exit.
1,900: Exhibitors booked for the show
60: Countries represented at the show
40%: Exhibitors based outside Italy
14: Pavilions at HOST
135,000: Anticipated number of visitors
5 THINGS TO SEE IN MILAN (If you get a spare moment!)
1) The Duomo
Famous cathedral that took nearly six centuries to complete. Situated in the heart of the city.
2) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Grand four-storey double arcade that is home to shops, restaurants and cafes.
3) La Scala
Many of the world’s most renewed singers have appeared at Milan’s opera house.
4) Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Home of one of the most famous paintings in the world: Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.
5) Visit the Golden Triangle
Every designer boutique you can imagine is based in Milan’s famous shopping district.