The 27th edition of Dhaka International Trade Fair is going to inaugurated on January 1 of the next year at Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal, according to the media reports.
Media reported based on the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), organizer of the fair, that there were 225 pavilions and stalls in 2021 but this time there will be 331 pavilions and stalls.
Nearly 98% of the stalls have already been allocated to the exhibitors.
Speaking to the media, EPB Secretary Iftikher Ahmed Chowdhury said that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her consent to inaugurate this year’s fair by being present physically.
Last year, the visitors were fewer because of the first venue at Purbachal. Last time, 25-30 lakh visitors came to the fair, this time it is expected to be 50 lakh, EPB Secretary added.
He also said they are expecting more visitors from the very beginning of the fair as there is no pandemic now. The connecting road along with the road to the fair has also been built.
The construction of stalls is going on in full swing at the fair venue along with stalls and pavilions.
Moreover, in the open space outside, temporary stalls and multi-storeyed pavilions are being built with steel, brick, wood, bamboo, and hardboard.
The fair will continue through the month of January.
The stall rent of the fair was reduced from the previous fair as it was held at the permanent venue for the first time but this time, the stall rent has been increased by 10% to 15% compared to last time.
The gate of the international trade fair will open at 10am every day and close at 9pm, and on government holidays, the fair will run till 10pm.
Every adult visitor will have to pay Tk40 for entry tickets while for minors the ticket price has been set at Tk20.
The maiden Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) was held in 1995.