March 6th saw the inauguration of the Professional Trade Show of Equipment, Services, Food and Beverages for the Hotel and Restaurant Business (Salón H&T-Málaga (Spain)), the most important event of the sector in Andalusia, held in the Malaga Palacio de Ferias y Congresos. Girbau’s delegates in Andalusia, MACRUN and HISPAMATIC, were once again the main point of reference for laundry equipment for the hotel industry. Part of this success was due to the presentation of the new product Corner Laundry, an innovative concept of self-service laundries specially designed to make the most of the floor-space in hotels or holiday resorts. To this end Girbau had a fully operational stand, equipped with vended machines and an advanced central payment unit.
In the opinion of José Antonio Martin, manager of MACRUN, "...the new Corner Laundry concept will bring added value to the accommodation offer that our clients provide. In this way they will be incorporating a market trend, such as self-service laundries, within their facilities; something which will allow the hotels to obtain extra income in addition to that from their main activity”. This is, without a doubt, a business that is booming for hotels, thanks to the minimum investment, easy management and high-yield that this product offers.
In the dry-cleaning and fabric cleaning sector, there was a presentation on Wet Cleaning within the official programme, held in one of the auditoriums. In line with this, a workshop was organised, held by Mr Jordi Jardi, one of the leading experts in this washing system. His extensive experience in the sector enabled those attending to learn all the secrets of Wet Cleaning with Girbau equipment. Thanks to the Inteli Control programmer and the GDrive system, Girbau washing machines are ideal for a special wet cleaning system for delicate fabrics, encouraging the care of garments in an effective and sustainable wash.
The seventeenth Salón H&T has been a great success, receiving more than 8,700 professionals from the sector, including entrepreneurs, hotel managers, heads of purchasing, chefs, associated dry cleaners or staff managers, among others. In this way, the Trade Show has established itself as the reference event for the sector in the Mediterranean and North Africa area, with its exhibition area paying host to over 200 companies supplying services and equipment for catering and hotels: kitchen equipment; furniture and decoration; lingerie and fabrics; laundering, dry cleaning, and fabric cleaning; table and kitchenware; air conditioning; technology management or outsourcing of services.
Salon H & T is organised by the Malaga Palacio de Ferias and Congresos de (FYCMA) and the Association of Costa del Sol Hotel Entrepreneurs (Asociación de Empresarios Hoteleros de la Costa del Sol- AEHCOS), and promoted by the Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Malaga City Council and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.