Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) has witnessed a large crowd on the first weekend of the New Year. Traders are happy and expressed satisfaction over the increasing trend of public gathering on Saturday.
However, this correspondent, during a spot visit to the fair ground on the day, found that installation work of foreign stalls and pavilions is yet to be completed. The organisers informed that it might take some more days to complete the installation work of foreign stalls and pavilions.
Most of the visitors informed that they had thronged the fair to have an idea about the products so that they can buy those during their next visits.
Many others throng there to hang out with friends or family members.
Meanwhile, a large number of visitors thronged the food shops around the fair ground to have the taste of the mouthwatering foods. Baba Rafi, the Indonesian food chain introduced by the country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group, drew the largest food connoisseurs on the weekend.
While talking to this correspondent, Baba Rafi staffers said that a huge crowd enjoyed their food, the best and tasty in the capital. With the fair getting momentum, they expect much more connoisseurs during the month-long fair.
Many of them had already expressed their satisfaction enjoying the world class food there. They also opined that it is good to have a world class food chain like Baba Rafi at the fair.
Visitors roamed around other DITF stalls, according to traders and stall owners. They showed little interest to buy products as they have enough time to collect their products of choice.
Every year, response from visitors remains low during the first quarter of the month-long fair and it gets momentum with the passage of time.
Nurul Amin, a private service holder, who had gone to the fair with his wife, said: “Being a holiday, I visited the fair on Saturday where we bought some kitchen products and choose other ones for collecting them at my convenience. We had a great time at the fair”, he said.
Nurjahan Begum, a teacher at a private school in Dhaka, said: “Every year, I visit the fair with my family members on the first weekend as crowds remain thin at that time.” “I keep a fixed budget for purchasing essential products at the fair,” she said.
Atiq Ullah, a manager at a kitchenware stall, told this correspondent that the demand for kitchenware products remains high round-the-year and they get huge response from the fair, every year.
“Like previous years, this year too, we started getting response from buyers since the beginning of the fair and we hope that it would continue till the end of the fair”, he said.
This year, participants from 20 countries are taking part in DITF-2018 with 520 stalls and pavilions to showcase their best products.
Of the total, there are 64 premier pavilions, 36 mini-premier pavilions, 17 general pavilions, 25 mini-general pavilions, four reserve pavilions and six mini-reserve pavilions.