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Hospitality News Talks Lebanon is an initiative aimed at reviving Lebanon’s ailing hospitality and foodservice industries. Powered by Hospitality News Middle East and funded by the USAID Lebanon Enterprise Development (LED) project, Hospitality News Talks comprises a series of 12 online roundtables, moderated by Hodema, with over 70 keynote experts. The key objectives of the virtual Zoom sessions was to promote positive dialogue and encourage collective action among stakeholders. Watch the talks below.


Thursday 4 February 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

How COVID-19 is changing the shape of the Lebanese restaurant industry: challenges and opportunities in 2021

Thursday 18 February 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

What 2021 holds for Lebanon’s hospitality industry

Thursday 25 February 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Hospitality education in Lebanon in 2021 and beyond

Thursday 4 March 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

The catering and events industries in Lebanon: adapting to a new normal

Thursday 11 March 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Guesthouses and alternative lodging in Lebanon: smart marketing during an economic crisis

Thursday 18 March 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

What Lebanon’s municipalities are doing to boost tourism

Thursday 25 March 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

From Lebanon to the world: connecting local brands to international buyers

Wednesday 31 March 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Lebanon’s GMs discuss challenges and the changing hospitality landscape

Thursday 8 April 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Changing perceptions: what Lebanese influencers and bloggers are doing to promote Lebanon

Thursday 15 April 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Made in Lebanon: new opportunities for local food distributors, producers and farmers

Thursday 22 April 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

Rethinking the future of Lebanese cuisine

Wednesday 28 April 2021
4:00 PM (Beirut time)

How travel agencies and tour operators in Lebanon can adapt and innovate

What Is LED?
The Lebanon Enterprise Development (LED) is a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to sustain and increase jobs for Lebanese citizens. LED offers customized technical assistance to local businesses to help them identify and solve the problems that are preventing them from increasing sales, and therefore from needing to hire more Lebanese. LED also works with stakeholders and partners to identify, analyse, and propose solutions to problems that are affecting the business enabling environment. Small, medium, or large Lebanese registered businesses in any sector can apply for LED assistance.
If you are a business and looking for technical assistance, apply today here.

About Hospitality Services
Founded in 1993, Hospitality Services specializes in planning, organizing and managing regional hospitality and foodservice shows, conventions, forums and bespoke events. The firm’s annual events include HORECA Lebanon, The Garden Show & Spring Festival, Travel Lebanon, Beirut Cooking Festival, Salon du Chocolat Beirut and Whisky Live Beirut. Its HORECA brand has been franchised in Jordan, Kuwait and KSA.
In addition, Hospitality Services produces three publications with dedicated digital platforms: Hospitality News Middle East, a go-to source for the latest news, trends, developments and industry forecasts; Taste & Flavors, a lifestyle and cooking reference; and Lebanon Traveler, a tourism guide.

For more information contact us.