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Hostex 2022 announces strong line-up of Show Ambassadors

Hostex 2022 is proud to announce its strong line-up of Show Ambassadors, each of whom are leaders in their respective sectors of hospitality, food and drink, and are well equipped to inspire their industry colleagues to embrace refreshed thinking looking ahead.

Hostex 2022 is happening at Sandton Convention Centre from Sunday, 26 to Tuesday, 28 June, from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily.


Our Hostex 2022 Ambassadors are:


  • James Khoza, President of SA Chefs Association and Executive Chef at Sandton Sun, is a returning Hostex Ambassador, having contributed richly to the Hostex 2020 educational offering. He is keen to introduce the industry to a ‘reimagined’ cheffing landscape, following the tumultuous pandemic years.

  • Iain Evans, Owner and Publisher of Coffee magazine, an inveterate coffee aficionado, and also a returning Hostex Ambassador who added significant flavour, aroma, and insight to the Hostex 2020 coffee scene, is enthusiastic about sharing the glorious world of coffee with coffee lovers at Hostex 2022.

  • Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, COO of City Lodge Hotel Group with an out-of-the-box solution-focused approach to challenges and a passion for South Africa’s hospitality and tourism sectors, will be sharing her industry insights with Hostex participants.

  • Trevor Boyd, newly appointed General Manager: Food and Beverage at City Lodge Hotel Group, will be joining Lindiwe on the Hostex Ambassador platform. He is one of South Africa’s top chefs, having represented SA at Culinary Olympic events over the years, and in 2019 was inducted into the Academy of Chefs, an elite fellowship within SA Chefs.

  • Wendy Alberts, renowned CEO of RASA (Restaurant Association of South Africa) and a strong contributor to furthering the aims of the hospitality sector. As a Hostex 2022 Ambassador, Wendy will share her understanding of the needs of the industry to ensure Hostex 2022 is the platform of choice for learning, networking, sourcing and benchmarking.

Charlene Hefer, Hostex Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions, a division of the Montgomery Group, expressed her deep appreciation to the Hostex 2022 Ambassadors for their willingness to contribute to the re-energising of the industry through involvement at Hostex, which has been adding value to hospitality, food and drink, since 1984. “It takes visionaries to see potential, particularly when a sector has been as hard hit as hospitality was through the pandemic. We’re honoured to have such strong industry leaders stepping forward as Ambassadors for our show to make a difference to the sector as a whole. We’re excited about the new ideas, insights and understandings they will be sharing – and we know that the industry likewise will welcome their contributions.”


Hefer adds that preparations for Hostex 2022 REFRESHED have hit top gear as the event draws closer. “We’re fine-tuning arrangements with our partners to ensure we deliver a show that more than meets the expectations of a discerning and dynamic industry. We’re particularly excited about SA Chefs Skillery space this year, which is a powerful response to industry needs. The Skillery will feature an accessible networking platform, a demo counter, as well as space for SA Chefs’ partners and sponsors to showcase their products. The space will provide an informal and homely ambience, encouraging engagement and learning for the hospitality, food and drink industry as a whole. We believe the Skillery will be one of several must-visit spots at Hostex 2022.”


Image: Hostex 2022 Ambassador James Khoza
Hostex 2022 Ambassador James Khoza

Image: Hostex 2022 Ambassador Iain Evans
Hostex 2022 Ambassador Iain Evans

Image: Hostex 2022 Ambassador Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo - City Lodge Hotel Group
Hostex 2022 Ambassador Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo - City Lodge Hotel Group

Image: Hostex 2022 Ambassador Chef Trevor Boyd
Hostex 2022 Ambassador Chef Trevor Boyd

Hostex 2022 Ambassador Wendy Alberts from RASA
Hostex 2022 Ambassador Wendy Alberts from RASA


To find out more about Hostex, visit www.hostex.co.za


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Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your innovative products and services to a refreshed market, contact Jacky Talling, Sales Executive, on 011 835 1565, 073 475 2483, or jackyt@specialised.com


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