THAILAND. The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Conference & Awards 2023 (12-13 September) continues to garner encouraging support with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) named today as Gala Dinner Partner and COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide participating as Competition Partner.

The event, to be held at The Millennium Hilton Bangkok, marks FAB’s return after a four-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

AOT, Thailand’s leading airport operator, is responsible for managing and operating six international airports in the country: Don Muang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai and Suvarnabhumi. Each accommodates both domestic and international flights and provides a wide array of food & beverage and hospitality services.

COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide brings an exciting fusion of Thai and international flavours to the event by hosting an exciting cook-off between its Chief Executive and Chairman Pitaya Phanphensophon and Diana Chan, Chef and MasterChef Australia Winner from 2017.

The cook-off will be moderated by COCA & Mango Tree Chief Operating Officer Natalie Phanphensophon and Managing Director Trevor MacKenzie.

As reported, Diana Chan is part of the expert panel of judges for the FAB Awards.  She will also speak at the conference and share insights on the role of food in the travel journey.

Additionally, Chan will be part of the perennially popular FAB Women panel, where the subject of women in leadership and the importance of diversity and inclusion within the sector will be addressed. The FAB Women panel will also include Natalie Phanphensophon; Freda Cheung, President and CEO Asia Pacific of Dufry and Mélanie Guilldou, Executive Vice President Foodservice Global, Lagardère Travel Retail.

A star-studded and diverse line-up of speakers will grace FAB 2023. More speakers will be revealed tomorrow along with those featured below.

(Left to right) Dufry Chief Executive Officer Xavier Rossinyol; Lagardère Travel Retail Executive Vice President Foodservice Global Mélanie Guilldou and Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President Thabet Musleh

(Left to right) Phillip Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer, IPP Travel Retail & Vice President – Business Development, Imex Pan Pacific Group; Plaza Premium Group Director of Global Brand and Transformation Mei Mei Song; and SSP Chief Executive Officer Patrick Coveney

(Left to right) Airport International Group Chief Commercial Officer Deema Anani; COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide Chief Operations Officer Natalie Phanphensophon and Managing Director Trevor MacKenzie

(Left to right) Diana Chan, Chef and MasterChef Australia Winner 2017; COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide Chief Executive Officer & Chairman Pitaya Phanphensophon; tRetail Labs Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder Sossina Shenkute

(Left to right) Airport Dimensions Head of Business Development APAC Syaifullah Sarip; Dufry President and CEO Asia-Pacific Freda Cheung; and Minor International Founder and Chairman William E. Heinecke

Dual deadline day

Today (31 July) is the deadline for FAB Award nominations and the attractive Early Bird offer for the FAB + Hospitality Conference & Awards. Click here to register.

For questions regarding the event or awards, contact The Moodie Davitt Report Asia Bureau Chief and Head of Marketing & Events Jeannie Wong at

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