From hotels to destinations, players across the MICE sector are
thinking out of the box and boosting their attractiveness for business
events with innovative food and beverage offerings.
Sustainable Thai gastronomy
This year’s APEC Summit, taking place in Bangkok from 14-19 November,
is showcasing ‘future food’ for delegates, with dishes themed along the
event’s ‘Open. Connect. Balance’ message.
Chef Chumpol Jangprai, a sustainable food ambassador for the
FeedUP@UN platform, which aims to stop food waste, has created a special
menu for a gala dinner taking place this week on 18 November.
There will be local dishes from different regions in Thailand, with
the menu featuring a salad with nine organic vegetables grown by
community enterprises in different parts of the country, plant options
including jackfruit and different types of mushrooms. There will also be
lobsters, duck eggs, river prawns and organic chicken.
Vegan food tours
Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) recently hosted a fam trip with
attendees from the US, with all meals showcasing the destination’s
variety of vegan fare with a focus on its ‘temple cuisine’.
Guests enjoyed dishes featuring fruits, vegetables, roots and leaves
as they travelled around the country, visiting a range of destinations
including Yeosu, Busan, Gyeongju and Seoul.
“South Korea is known for amazing food, rich culture, history, and
friendly people. Recognising that vegan food and temple cuisine are
often overlooked, KTO organised a special fam trip for selected vegan
travel providers to experience first-hand all that Korea has to offer to
the vegan traveller,” said Jaesok Park, executive director at the Korea
Tourism Organization, New York Office.
‘Brain breaks’ at Hilton Singapore Orchard
The hotel unveiled the Smart Oasis meeting space unveiled in
September, offering customisable catering options. Delegates can opt for
a power breakfast to ‘brain breaks’ fuelled by energy-intensive
The hotel’s catering team can also customise menus based on dietary
requirements and prioritises fresh, locally sourced produce. A ‘butler’s
pantry’ is also available, stocked with homemade beverages and healthy
snacks which attendees can help themselves to throughout the day.