For the past 40 years, HCJ has seen an increasing influx of professionals at their annual shows in Tokyo, Japan. This year for the first time, HCJ ran simultaneously with three tracks or shows: Hosetere Japan, Caterex Japan, and Japan Food Service Equipment Show, hence making it the largest trade show in the field of the hospitality, catering, and hospitality services in Asia.
Numerous industry-specific website and vendors from Russia, to Korea, Spain, and further afield announced their participation and around 65,000 professionals who were ‘in the know’ traveled to Tokyo to catch the latest in hospitality, restaurant, catering, and spa trends and to learn insights from the industry.
However, the industry keeps this well-known secret of HCJ close to their heart and don’t publish all their fancy innovations online, so we sent our own scouts during February 18 and 22, 2019, to Tokyo’s Big Sight to see what the hospitality vendor market has to offer to new hotel owners and operators.
The wide range of products in all things food and comfort including furniture, uniforms, food delivery, and more, impressed the professional buyers and were attest that Japan’s hospitality industry is one of the most exquisite and sophisticated in the world.
Especially ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the industry is booming, and the number of hotel rooms is being increased by the minute. According to CBRE, by the beginning of the games, the country’s major cities including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto will offer more than 330,000 rooms which are 30% higher than in 2016.
With the expansion the question of quality is always there. But as it is custom in Japan and was seen at the HCJ, the Japanese standards continue to be guaranteed and innovations and developments are flourishing.
The HCJ is an excellent platform for hospitality industry players to meet and exchange ideas and maybe even come up with new ones. We cannot wait to send out our scouts again in 2020 to see how the sector has transformed again.