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Dhaka International Trade Fair sees huge crowd on holiday

4-DT-7The 19th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) yesterday (17 January 2014) witnessed a huge crowd as most visitors swarmed to the country’s biggest trade show to enjoy the weekend holiday with near and dear ones.

“I have come to visit the fair to enjoy the weekend holiday with my two daughters   and to buy some gifts from here, as I could not go out in the last couple of week due to political unrest,??? says Salam, an executive at a private firm.

He said the fair also cumulated an array of products from different countries, which lured then to visit the exposition.

“The trade fair is best place for me to choose my desired products as most companies are participating in the event and displaying their latest collections to attract buyers,??? said Shila, a visitor from Savar.

On the other hand, most companies are offering exclusive discounts at the fair, which comes as an opportunity for us to our buy desired products at a cheaper price, she added.

Most visitors were seen thronging stalls and pavilions of kitchenware, home appliance and electronics goods to buy utensils for daily life.

“Our stall was overcrowded today [Friday] as we are offering plastic products for daily use,??? said Tasrik Tareq Ahmed, a salesman of Bengal Plastic.

Meanwhile, many stall owners said sales are yet to gain momentum as most visitors are now just checking the collections of different companies.

“We saw huge rush of visitor but the sales yet to get momentum as most of the visitors are just here to check out the latest collections,??? said Aminul Islam, a salesman at RFL, at the fair.

“Sales are comparatively lower than the last year,??? said Gokul Poddar, managing director of Royalex Metal Industry, a kitchenware manufacturer.

He also pined hope that as the political situation in the country is gradually improving, turnout of visitor as well as the sales volume will increase.

Electronic and furniture stalls were packed with visitors; mostly with women who were seen bargaining with salesmen over their desired products.

“The response from customers is fine but not at the expected level,??? said Md Shamim Jahid, senior executive for marketing and sales at Brother Furniture.

“Our main objective is to attract bulk buyers from both home and abroad, by displaying products,??? he added.

 “As today (Friday) is the second weekend holiday after the launch of the fair, visitors took the opportunity to visit the fair and buy products, which has pushed our sales up,??? said Al Mamun, a sales executive of Electro Mart.

Even though the fair began on 11th January, a significant number of stalls and mini pavilions are yet to open. Many of them are now half done, while many others just started construction.

Like previous years, the Export Promotion Bureau and the Ministry of Commerce jointly organized the month-long 19th DITF at the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area. The trade fair will remain open to visitors from 10.00am to 10.00pm every day.

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Report: Ibrahim Hossain Ovi

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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