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BEIRUT: Contests, master classes and tastings are all on the menu this week for one of Lebanon's most important sectors: food and hospitality. Hundreds of food and hospitality professionals, students and dignitaries from Lebanon, the MENA region and Europe descended Tuesday on the 25th annual HORECA trade show, held at Beirut's Seaside Arena, for four days of exhibitions, networking and competitions. Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian inaugurated the event, congratulating the organizers on the milestone and stressing the importance of Lebanon's "prowess in the hospitality and food-service sectors". Tourism, food and hospitality are among the most important aspects of Lebanon's economy, accounting for around 10 percent of economic activity, with the country seeing a slight recovery last year with a gradual return of arrivals after about five years of instability. On the other side of Lebanon's growing food and hospitality sector is Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk El Tayeb, which is working to promote traditional Lebanese cooking.There are around 9,000 Italian companies exporting to Lebanon, including nonfood products.
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