Forum Events – June 2015 – Colombo

The 2015 Forum located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Including APOT Chef’s Competition, keynote & motivational Speakers, panel sessions, networking, Golf, world biggest tea party and much more.

To register to attend the 2015 Forum in Colombo you must first sign up as a member of this website


  • Date: 31st May, 1st & 2nd June 2015
  • Location: Hilton Colombo Hilton Colombo Sri Lanka


  • Registration desk open from 1pm – 30th May 2015
  • Pick up and drop off by Hilton Colombo you must book early with the hotel direct
  • Airport welcome desk will guide you to your transportation

31st May (Sunday)

08:00 – 18:00 | Registration desk open.

Located at the Hilton Colombo (Lobby).

08:00 – 17:00 | Golf – Royal Colombo Golf Club – Tee off time 8AM

(40 PLAYERS MAX – BOOK EARLY – First 20 Players registered play Free).

09:00 – 17:00 | If you are not playing Golf – Your option of the following activities.

Be quick to register early, Choose your option during online registration.

  • Tour around the city
  • Local interesting places
  • Colombo heritage sites
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If the guest would like to book Tours or Airport Pick up after their accommodation has been booked. They simply call our agent direct line +94777631341 or email us at

08:00 – 1800 | Chef’s Competition Cook Off

Located at the Hilton Colombo

07:00 – 17:00 | Exhibition Set Up

18:30 – 22:00 | Welcome Party : Grand Marquee – Hilton Colombo
– Hosted by Sri Lanka Tourist Board


01st June (Monday) : Educational day – Grand Ballroom – Hilton Colombo

08:45 – 09:00 | Opening of the Forum delegation arrives on a Sri Lanka’s traditional dancing

09:00 – 09:30 | Welcome Address : Chairman APOT.Asia

09:30 – 09:40 | Welcome Speech : Aviation Minister Sri Lanka

09:40 – 09:55 | APOT.Asia theme song

09:55 – 10:20 | Keynote Speaker –

09:00 – 17:00 | Exhibition open

10:20 – 10:50 | Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:40 | Instant wellbeing DNA tests for Airline passengers and crew, how to increase food & Beverage taste in high altitudes – Dr Carlos Orozco – Mexican Institute of Energy and Biological Medicine. Tijuana, Mexico

11:00 – 14:00 | Chef’s Competition Meal Display.

11:40 – 12:10 | Why Food Matters – Jeremy Clark – Airline media consultant – London, UK

12:10 – 13:10 | Lunch


Located in the Hilton Hotel Colombo – Grand Ballroom

Educational – Session 1

13:10 – 14:00 | Ayurveda medication for today business executives – Dr Nalindra Wickramarathne – Chief Ayurveda Physician of Heritance Hotels – Sri Lanka

Educational – Session 2

14:00 – 15:15 | Tea Transformation by Dilhan Fernando

Educational – Session 3

16:00 – 17:00 | Industry leaders – How to manage Work & Family – Panel session – Moderator – Pat Osborne – Australia

19:30 -23.30 | Sri Lankan Airlines Gala Night Grand Ballroom – Hilton Colombo
PLEASE NOTE : Special dress code “WHITE”
– we will dress you more at the gate

  • Chef’s Competition Final Winner Award
  • Performance
  • Announce the next destination by The Chairman

02nd June (Tuesday) : Outdoor Event – Galle Tour by Sri Lanka Tourist Board

09:00 | Trip to Galle Fort – Dutch Heritage City

11:30 – 12.30 | Launch of Sri Lanka’s Guinness Record Initiative

11:30 – 12:30 | Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 | Tour around the Fort Heritage sites

16:10 – 16:40 | Tea party at the Heritance Hotel Ahungalla

18:00 – 21:30 | Sunset Dinner Party Hosted by Sri Lanka Tourist Board

23:30 – in to the morning | Night OUT – “Night to remember – Marina Entertainment centre – The Party continues


Accommodation at Hilton, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Guest rooms are to be reserved individually and guests will be charged for their own room and incidental charges upon check out. A reservation code is available to help make booking arrangements with the hotel.

The 2015 APOT.Asia booking agent for Hilton Colombo accommodation is : Ms Samindri Liyanage

Send your mail to APOT Room Manager

Please Email : Hotel Bookings
This contacts has been specifically set up by the Hilton Colombo for the APOT.Asia forum with dates specific and special rates applied.

  • Group Contact: Samindri Liyanage
  • Visit link Hilton Colombo
  • To modify or retrieve your original reservation(s) .SEND EMAIL Hotel Bookings

ROOM RATES NETT PRICE: Inclusive with all TAX and VAT, Breakfast, Complimentary WIFI Standard Package, Use of Pool and the Fitness centre.


The Hilton Deluxe Rooms are 30.71 sqm and offer a host of luxurious amenities and convenient services. The rooms offer you a stunning view of the Indian Ocean and the Colombo Harbour.

  • Single Room inclusive of Hilton Breakfast Experience US$ 169 nett
  • Double Room inclusive of Hilton Breakfast Experience US$ 180 nett


The Hilton Executive floor rooms are 30.71 sqm in size and located from the 16th to the 19th Floors. All rooms offer a stunning view of the Indian Ocean, Colombo city and Harbour. Equipped with Butler service and all the facilities to enhance your stay, all guests are entitled to enjoy the Executive floor lounge which offers daily Breakfast and pre dinner cocktails with Premium branded liquor.

  • Single Room inclusive of Hilton Breakfast Experience US$ 244 nett
  • Double Room inclusive of Hilton Breakfast Experience US$ 257 nett

The above rates are subject to prevailing service charge and applicable taxes (Presently 10% Service Charge, 2% NBT, 11% VAT and 01% Tourist Development Tax) Subject to change. Check-in & check-out times. Hotel check-in time is 1400 hours and check-out time is 1100 hours.

Lesly David – Official Transfer Group – Please Email with your flight details: Airport Transfer Bookings

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Chef Competition

Chefs send their applications via email to:

Application process

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  • All applicants must be qualified chefs / cooks, currently working for a recognized airline or an airline caterer.
  • All applicants must have approval from their management for all cost and liabilities.
  • Resume with past experience must be sent with the application.

All applications must:

  1. Complete in English
  2. Applicant must prepare a three-course meal suitable for Business class, and send photos with menu recipes and specifications. (Airline format)
  3. All menu specifications should be included with pictures of the dishes.
  4. All pictures attached should be JPG format.
  5. If cooking method involved clarifications must complete in correct cooking terms.
  6. Proper spelling for cooking terms to be used.

If the applicant is successful for the final round:

  1. Each individual or their companies must cover all related travel, accommodation other related expenses.
  2. All travel and personal insurance and liabilities must cover by the individuals or their companies. will not be able to take any responsibilities.
  3. All special equipment or tools to be supplied by the applicants.

The food presentation for the first round entry:

  1. All applicants must fill up the following entry form:
    • Full Name:
    • Preferred name to be called:
    • Age:
    • Nationality:
    • Passport Number:
    • Sex:
    • Postal Address:
    • Email Address:
    • Phone Number best contactable:
    • Second preferred contact number:
    • Your Establishment / Employer:
    • Establishment Address:
    • Immediate Manager:
    • Immediate Managers contact details:
    • Phone number:
    • Email Address:
    • Your entry theme (if any)
    • Declaration – The entry you submit to this competition was design and prepared by my self and produced by myself: YES / NO
  2. The applicants must produce all entries and if the entry submitted is not applicants own creation organizers hold rights to disqualify.
  3. Each competitor must supply with a balance 5 star 3 course (Starter, Main and Dessert) airline meal suitable for First or Business class.
  4. Each meal must be prepared hot or cold dish up appropriate dish and photographed (JPG) Then they must be clearly identify according to the meal type.
  5. All applications should be submitted to the following address via email.
  6. Once applications submit to the above address organisors ( reserve rights to use these information for further marketing or advertising purposes.

Selection procedure:

  • Judges decision will be the last and no further explanation or complain will be accepted or provided to any concern applicants applications.
  • 6 highest scored finalists applicants will meet at the final round held during forum held on the 31st May to 2nd June 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

At the location:

  • Sponsors will provide the jackets, finalists must provide their chefs jackets sizes
  • 6 chefs from local caterers will accommodate with competitors to familiarize local produce and other requirements.
  • Official Cameraperson will be taking pictures of your dishes and will be using these on APOT.Asia web site.
  • All required products must be carried by the competitors and basic ingredients and equipment will be provided by the hotel


  • Six finalists will be participating at Culinary Challenge 2015.
  • Local caterers contacts will be provided to the finalists to familiarize if any local requirements.
  • Competition Briefing will be held at the host hotel Lobby Lounge at 7.00PM on 30th May 2015.
  • Cooking station raffle will be drawn during the briefing.
  • Uniforms, and all related needs will be distributed at this time and all competitors and judges must attend to this meeting.
  • Competition will be held in the hotel kitchen on 31st May 2015
  • Competitors must be reported to the challenge kitchen at the allocated time only. Arriving any competitors to the kitchen before or after will be disqualified.
  • Each competitor will be allocated two hours to compete to produce three-course meal suitable for First or Business class in a full service airline.
  • All finalists must submit their menu at the briefing to the judges in a sealed envelop. This will be opened at the start of the cooking and competitors can and must produce only the dishes from this menu.
  • Menu can be accompanied with additional explanation, specifications and recipes to help judges understand more about the dishes.
  • Any changes to this menu will be disqualified.
  • All presentation and decoration can be bought in but Judges will judge only the food placed on the plates.
  • Hotel will be providing the main meal dish and a selection of other dishes for the competitors to select if needed.
  • All competitors must use the main plate provided by the organisers to dish up the Main meal.
  • Competitors can select other plates (if required for starter or dessert) from the hotel on the briefing day. These are only to use for first course and the third course, competitors can bring their own and these dishes can only be judged according to the judging criteria. (Must be suitable for commercial Airline First or Business class cabin)
  • Competitors must lease with local nominated represented person re entry passes and related information regarding kitchen floor, equipment and other local information – (to be finalized and will communicate with the finalists)

At the Kitchen:

The menu that was handover on the briefing should be produced and presented changes to the menu can be a disqualification.

  • Competitors should bring all the ingredients required and basic ingredients will be provided by the organization. Finalists will be receiving this list two weeks prior to the competition via email.
  • Two competitors will be competing in the kitchen at one time.
  • All competitors will be provided with a chef jacket for the presentation ceremony. Individual competitors must provided with black shoes and black pants
  • To use during the hot and cold cooking all chefs must bring their own uniform. These uniforms must remain no company logos or names.
  • All competitors will be given 2 hours to prepare and serve;
    • 2 x Three-course meal suitable for first or business class passenger
    • One dish for tasting.
    • One dish for presentation display and photograph.
  • Competitors should be arriving at the kitchen lobby 15 minute prior to the competition start time then organisors will direct them to the working station set up their stations.
  • Only competitors can be work in the kitchen
  • Cooking of all dishes 2 hours.
  • All competitors must wait till the judges bell to start the challenge.
  • Judging point system
  • Total points calculated from 80 as below
    1. 20 – Presentation
    2. 30 – Correct cooking methods and taste
    3. 10 – Authenticity and originality
    4. 20 – Realistic serving suggestions in the First two course can be presented to judges 10 to 5 minutes prior to the finishing time, dessert must serve within the allocated time.
  • Any over five minute delay dishes will be disqualified. (There will be no negotiation, all rights reserved by the Judging panel)
  • All competitors must leave the kitchen after cleaning the workstation as how it was found before the competition.

Common market products table will be available at the kitchen door.

All ingredients and specialist equipment can be bought in according to the recipe provided.

At the presentation of the dishes competitor must explain individual dish to the judges in English. (Competitor can accommodate your own translator or a speak person if needed)

APOT.Asia Culinary challenge 2015 winner will be announced at the closing ceremony and APOT.Asia Chairman will be handing the Challenge trophy to the winner.

A short video presentation of the kitchen will be screen prior to the announcement of the winner.

All competitors and Judges must come to the presentation in the chef jacket’s uniform provided by the organisation on the Briefing day.

Winner will be given 2 minute after the presentation of the award for a speech.

Trade Show

Trade Show spaces are limited, please see below categories to be an exhibitor.

  1. Airline on-board equipment and design : Needs to be innovative and creative, please submit your application for board approval.
  2. Airline Food and beverage : Needs to be new and creative, please submit your application for board approval.
  3. Technology – innovative airline and catering : Please submit your application for board approval.
  4. Innovative Airline In-flight Services, Catering, Hotel, Travel and tours needs : Please submit your application for board approval.

Charges: Each exhibitor with one category – $100.00 USD

To register to become a trade show exhibitor you must first become a member of APOT.Asia – Membership is free. You can SIGN UP to become a member straight away.

Exhibitors attending the Forum will be listed below : If you are registered as an exhibitor at Colombo 2015 and your details aren’t displayed below please let us know.

BOOTH INFORMATION at Hilton Colombo Sri Lanka

Exhibition Set-up:

Each booth will cost at US$160net per booth (2m x 3m)

For additional exhibitor requirements or other exhibitor enquiries – power, AV equipment, furniture, manpower and other services requirements, please contact the exhibition hall directly using the following details.

Contact details for Booth Set up:

Golf Day

This year we have selected the best of best golf course in Sri Lanka the 132year old heritage golf course located right in the middle of Colombo city.

Colonial design Golf Club will give you the most memorable experience in golf you can imagine.

To place a booking for the APOT.Asia Golf Day in colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Contact : Ms Natasha
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Sirens Marketing
  • Direct line: +94777631341

Costs & Fees:

  • Special APOT.Asia 2015
  • Even is fully sponsored for first 20 registrations (Lunch, refreshments, Caddy, Green fees, equipment hire, Transport from the hotel

After early bird special payment to be arranged during booking directly with [contact Ms: Natasha via email with your requirement.]

When it comes to professional and relaxing time with your friends and customers, this is a golden opportunity for you. Great networking and competitive location.


Greetings from Aerofood ACS Indonesia. It is our pleasure to Welcome and support APOT.Asic1 for its first Forum in one of our paradise’s islands.

Bali has attractive surroundings both mountain and coastal areas, diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people.

S.Saptono - President Director, PT Angkasa Citra Sarana Catering Service

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the launching of Asia Pacific On-board Travel-APOT. Asia.

Korean Air recognizes the importance and high standard of In-flight Service industry in the region, thus we share the hopes and expectations to further improve the industry through APOT. Asia.

Please rest assured that Korean Air will provide full support and commitment for the success of the new organization. We trust that our valued partnership in the region will be enhanced through APOT. Asia forums and events.

Heather Cho, Korean Air

It’s appropriate that our Asia Pacific region is the launching pad for Asia Pacific Onboard Travel (APOT.Asia).

The growth in the Airline industry throughout our region is well documented and it’s now both timely and appropriate that APOT.Asia brings together local and international industry leaders and their organizations to meet and discuss matters of common interest.

Peter Smith, Alpha Flight Services

At a time when Asia/Pacific Region and Middle East lead the way in airline industry growth, it’s great to have APOT to facilitate a productive gathering of airline and related industry professionals. This will enable all of us to learn from industry leaders as well as from each other.

Sarath Fernando, Sri Lankan Airlines Catering

Asia and Pacific  region, being the fastest growing travel region in the world with China and India opening up to world travel requires strong networking opportunities.

The region has a lot to offer.

It has many established large carriers and new concept airlines like Etihad Airways with fast growth and new vision of air travel. On the other side low service airline creating new service standards and trends.

Werner Georg Kimmeringer, Etihad Airways

To have the event within Asia Pacific region will be more worthwhile since the target audience are all based here, Less time wasted to adjust time difference and so on when we travel long distance destinations.

Easier to adapt and understand local culture and mass market’s demand.

Great idea and it is perfectly timed where really needed programme like this for our region.

Shireen Chia, AirAsia Berhad

Hi guys, what a great idea and what a great timing – Having Asia Pacific organisation was needed for long time, we as European base Inflight product suppliers would love be part of the organisation to meet and learn how things happen in Asia and Pacific part of the world.

This type of organisation was needed for long time and it would not have come on any better time than this, well done APOT team we are behind you and we will give you the support you need from Frankanburg.

See you guys in Bali first week June.

Rüdiger Friedrichs, Frankenberg GmbH

Our region is the fastest growing within our industry and at the same time unique to other regions and areas.

This is a great venue and forum for all the participants to showcase their ideas, notions and know how,  we can discuss the way forward for the demands
that will be upon us in the years ahead.

Lou D'alessio, Alpha Flight Services

Congratulations on the setting up of This is very timely as Asia Pacific is the focus of the future of Travel industry.

The focus has to be aligned to meet the initial objectives of networking , synergy, educational for the better advancement of our mutual benefits in the sensitive Travel economy.

Philip Ho, Keisha Trading

I think having a forum on On-board Travel within the Asia Pacific region is a fantastic idea.

Being an independent business owner of an airline catering and food manufacturing company, I think it is important to talk to other people within in industry and having it all in one place, so close to home is ideal!

Ismail Hazif, Perth In-flight Catering & Pic Fresh

As the aviation Retail and Buy On Board sector matures and grows, I believe a need exists for a vehicle in our region though which the latest trends, latest products and most up to date news about our industry can be disseminated. The opportunity to hear and share ideas with others in the travel sector would also be of value.

The opportunity to meet with Airlines, suppliers, manufacturers, regulators and relevant subject matter experts and tackle some of the common issue that effect each of us is always invaluable.

Ian Bollen, Gate Gourmet Services & Inflight Logistic Services

The news of an assembly of an Asia Pacific On-board Travel organization ( seems to me to be most timely for the region and I would give it my full support.

Meeting on the Island of Bali which is ideally situated to host the APOT conference, Geographically perfectly situated to host visitors from the vast Australasian region.

Bob Ferguson, Former Senior Vice President Aircraft Catering Emirates

Since Malaysia/Thailand/Singapore/the Philippines/ Brunei/China/India/Australia and New Zealand have all taken steps to tap into the global Halal market. There is great potential for this region in developing and promoting the halal products and services for global market.

Statement of facts – The Halal products and services are gaining increasing acceptability among non-Muslims and created interest among food and non food producing countries – Muslim and non-Muslim.

Hj. Rafek Saleh, Malaysia Airlines

Asia – Pacific is referred to as the fastest developing region of the world meanwhile it also is a multi-culture region which incorporated with countries at different levels of development and living standard. In the light of that a forum that focusing on the regional issues and aiming to help the relevant parties to improve services quality and management efficiency is a great idea!

Le Thanh Binh, Noibai catering services Jsc

When it comes to the personalised “YES” Bali is the answer for the launching of Asia Pacific On-board Travel- APOT, with the spirit to build the foundation among On-board Travel Industry definitely will strengthening our professional and mutual benefits across the border not only Airline industry and In-flight Catering but also Travel Agent and Hotel Accommodation.

Bravo,… APOT Asia, and will always support.

Bambang Sujatmiko, Aerofood

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Jin-Hong Chung, Korean Air

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