This year’s IndustryLIVE! is packed with not-to-be-missed talks. There’s certainly something for everyone, from checklists for start-ups and what hotels can expect for 2020, to keeping it local and sustainable in your kitchen and innovations shaping the industry. We’ve cherry-picked a few of the hot topics that you should definitely look out for, but click here to check out the full schedule*

Is sustainability your concern?
James Khoza from Sandton Convention Centre and Franz de Waal from The Power Chef
Sunday 1st March |  11h30 – 11h50

James Khoza and Franz de Waal, champions of sustainability in their vast catering operations, share their insights on the importance of sustainability and deliver practical, cost-effective and easy-to implement tips to transform your kitchen from a drain on our natural resources to an eco-efficient warrior of sustainability.

Panel discussion: Food trucks: The myth. The mystery. The movie.
Clinton Verhoog from The Chairman, Hezron Louw from Sumting Fresh, Alexandre Torrao from Eighty 8’s Food Co., Bojan Ivanovic from The Balkan Burger
Sunday 1st March | 14h15 – 15h00

Join the pioneers of food trucks in South Africa as they share their ups and downs, their hard-earned lessons, their business advice – and what they think of the movie. Among the questions they’ll be asked are: Opportunity vs viability – is the business model sustainable? How do you transform an idea into a success? Do festivals work for business? And is there too much competition?

Panel discussion: Power women in hospitality
Karen Short from By Word of Mouth, Nadia Barnard from Capsicum Culinary Studio, Jackie Cameron from Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine, Candice Philip from Grei Restaurant, Rekha Bothma General Manager Hospitality, Emperors Palace Hotels, Casino and Convention Resort
Monday 2nd March | 11h30 – 12h15

Women are the backbone of the industry – from the entrepreneurs, to the chefs, housekeepers, front office staff, guesthouse owners, waitresses and baristas who bring a unique combination of warmth and hospitality together with unwavering attention to the finer details. In this panel discussion, some of the industry’s trailblazers share their journey, the challenges they’ve faced as women, and their advice to young women seeking to carve their space in this demanding, rewarding, fast-paced industry.

The conscientious diner
Lexi Monzeglio from Lexi’s Healthy Eatery
Monday 2nd March | 13h15 – 13h45

As conscientious travellers become more aware of global issues, they are seeking destinations that have the full package – environmentally conscious, free and fair societies that value the ecosystem, the community and the habitat. The latest trends show that tourism in 2020 is about creating an experience that is carbon neutral, with zero waste and is self-sustaining.

Changing consumption habits: 2020 trends transforming the beverage industry
Julian Short from Sin+Tax Bar
Tuesday 3rd March | 11h00 – 11h20

Kombucha, cold brew coffee and hard seltzer products were largely nonexistent just a few years ago. What are the major beverage trends set to shape the drinks industry in 2020?

Mental health & well-being in the Industry
Stephen Hickmore from Hickmore Recruitment and HSC
Tuesday 3rd March | 12h45 – 13h15

Many employers are unaware of the prevalence of mental illness in the workplace. In-depth investigations reveal that job stressors (burnout, derailment, depression, anxiety) and other related psychological hazards (caused by behaviour traits such as narcissism, opportunism and psychopathic conduct) are emerging as leading contributors to occupational disease and injury. How can we help this industry manage these stresses?

Hospitality marketing 101: Social media hits and misses
Gilbert Kumpukwe from Version Eight
Tuesday 3rd March | 13h30 – 13h50

Social media connects our world, providing travellers a means to explore places and cultures before actually experiencing them. An account, hashtag, or a single photo has the power to transport, inform, and inspire travel decisions, just as a travel agent, family member’s slide show, or folded brochure did years ago. What are the hits and misses for hospitality marketing in 2020?

*IndustryLIVE! schedule is subject to change so make sure to confirm the times on the day.

To register for free entry to Hostex 2020, click here. Hostex 2020 will be taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 1 – 3 March. On Sunday and Monday the show will be open from 09h30 to 17h00, and on Tuesday from 09h30 to 16h30. For further information, visit the Hostex website here