From founders and CEOs, to F&B managers, key players, hotel general managers and professionals, the biggest names in the industry come together every year at Hotel & Catering News ME’s Big Food & Beverage Forum to engage in gamechanging discussions and network,
sharing their expert analyses on the F&B, tourism and hospitality sectors. Join 160+ professionals at the event this year, which will take place on Monday, November 18 in Dubai.
Panel 1 – Going out or staying in? The balance between restaurant experiences and delivery services in the market
Despite the costs of maintaining delivery vehicles and allocating the right talent, global reports have revealed that mobile app delivery platforms are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27.9% — to $16.6 billion — by 2023, a jump from $3.79 billion in 2017.
The main drivers of this growth include high internet penetration, higher standards of living in developing countries and an increase in mobile phone usage. While offering convenient experiences to consumers, a number of restaurateurs and industry professionals are debating whether delivery has affected in-restaurant dining experiences, and if the two can co-exist in harmony.
In this panel, attendees will discuss the creativity behind reinventing and rebranding dining experiences, convenience versus quality, rising demand for discounts and deals, shifting consumer patterns and more.
One of the biggest challenges facing industry professionals in the region is finding the right talent, and offering a combination of work-life balance, compensation and working conditions that is lucrative enough to make employees want to stay.
In addition to industry trends, which have a direct impact on employment patterns, business owners and hiring managers constantly face the need to adapt to ever-changing markets – so how can a winning human capital formula be achieved?
Panellists will discuss top strategies for employee engagement and retention, development and training programmes, head-hunting tactics, the possible shortage of qualified candidates and – an important topic – female leadership in hospitality.
Quality suppliers can make or break F&B operations. How can a match be made between the right suppliers and F&B venues for a smooth flow, and how can the former help the F&B sector achieve the tricky balance between quality and speed?
From researching everything from reputation to success rates, to considering costs versus results, F&B outlets will spare no efforts when it comes to choosing the right suppliers, but how do suppliers ensure they’re a good fit for the task at hand?
Panellists will discuss the challenges facing suppliers, trends and developments in foodservice, the newest products and services, the role of technology in delivering optimum guest experiences and more.
According to a report issued by the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector in Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, the total number of restaurants and cafés in Dubai reached 427 during the first four months of 2019. This included 258 restaurants and 169 coffee shops, a growth of 25 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
With more options in the market, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their power to choose, while venues often risk a full-on identity change as a result. Topics of discussion in this panel include changing consumer preferences, the rise of plant-based eating, menu calorie-count requirements, restaurant staff communication tactics and more.
Deliveroo Editions – EMEA
Director Of Food & Beverage Development
Marriott International Middle East & Africa
Director Of Food & Beverage
JA The Resort
Eagles Spearing Consulting
Founder and General Manager
Co-Founder and Director
Couqley French Bistro
sps:affinity – Strategic Partnership Solutions
Head Of HR
Chief Executive and Founder
Head Of F&B Operations and Business Development
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority – Shurooq
Radisson Blu Media City
Glee Hospitality Solutions
Vice President of Food & Beverage, Luxury Brands
Accor Middle East
Founder and Managing Partner
Soul Communications Culinary Correspondent
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