Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) has witnessed a large crowd on the first weekend of 2018. Most of the traders are happy and expressed satisfaction over the increasing trend of public gathering on Friday (Jan 5) and Saturday. However, installation work of some foreign stalls and pavilions is yet to be completed. The organisers informed that it might take some more days to complete the work.
A large number 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 were seen throng there to hang out with friends or family members.
Enthusiast 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 Bashundhara Group, drew huge crowd on the weekend. 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.
According to local media reports, this year, participants from 20 countries are taking part in the month-long fair 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.