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DITF 2019: Traders happy with huge turnout on first weekend

  • Published at 08:53 pm January 11th, 2019
DITF 2019
Visitors at the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) on Friday, January 11, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The DITF is taking place at Sher-e Bangla Nagar in Dhaka, as in previous years

Traders at the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2019 are hoping to have good business at the fair this year. 

Although a number of stalls are yet to be built and only three days have passed since the fair began, sales so far have been higher than last year’s, traders said on Friday. 

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, several traders said a huge number of visitors come to DITF on weekends every year, and this was no different on the first weekend of this year’s fair.

The DITF is taking place at Sher-e Bangla Nagar in Dhaka, as in previous years

Ruma Rani De, from the Harirampur area of Darussalam, said she came to the fair to buy a blazer for her husband, as she had heard about the relatively lower prices on offer.

Member Secretary of the DITF authorities and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Deputy Director (Finance) Abdur Rouf said: “Although the fair had a slow start, the organizers witnessed a huge turnout from visitors on Friday.”

“The authorities are doing their best to ensure beggars and hawkers do not impede visitors, and significant security measures have been taken,” he added.

Abdur Rouf further said 3-5% of the decorations at the fair are yet to be put up for various reasons, but everything should be complete by next weekend.

Stalls for food items, kitchen utensils, electronic appliances, clothing and cosmetics drew the largest portion of the visitors.

Children were seen enjoying themselves on rides in the park sections at two corners of the fair, while hundreds of young visitors roamed from stall to stall.

Most of the electronic outlets at the fair saw a large number of visitors, with most of them collecting information on new products.

Shamsuzzaman, a bus driver, said he had come to the fair with his two children early in an attempt to avoid large crowds, but was astonished by the huge turnout.

Most visitors expressed their satisfaction at how the fair was being managed.

Shariful Islam, proprietor of Sky Line Collection, said while the huge turnout is good, it is even better that people are buying products.

“As compared to the first three days of the fair last year, we have sold 50% more products over the same period this year,” he said. 

Bishal Ahmed, owner of DRS Fashion, said the huge turnout had raised their hopes of having good sales this year.

However, Jahangir Alam, showroom manager of Esquire Electronics at the fair, said visitors were still mostly browsing and are yet to begin buying.

According to sources at the EPB, the 24th edition of the fair has been arranged on an area of 1.25 million square feet, with 605 pavilions and mini pavilions being setup. 

A total 52 outlets from 22 countries are participating in the fair, EPB sources said.