Expos help to market businesses: Sheya

WINDHOEK: More than 11 000 people visited the 7th annual Okahandja Tourism and Trade Expo from 06 to 09 May 2015 at the town’s sports stadium.

One of the organizers of the expo, Maggy Sheya said in a media statement issued on Tuesday that there was a significant increase in the number of visitors this year – from 9 710 visitors last year to 11 794 this year.

The exhibitors also grew from 105 last year to 110 this year.

“We had exhibitors from all around Namibia and several African countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya,” said Sheya, who is the Tourism and Marketing Officer at the Okahandja Municipality.

Some of the exhibitors included Government institutions and agencies; postal and courier services; information on resettlement on farms bought by the government for landless Namibians; Government stores’ services; Social Security Commission; vocational training; safety and security; and educational information.

Corporate exhibitors comprised of tourism and hospitality and finance and insurance. Products and services offered by small and medium enterprises (SME) included clothing and textiles, printing and photo studios, soap manufacturing, arts and crafts, beauty and health, toys for children and entertainment.

Sheya said organizers always try to improve services given to the exhibitors and the public, while also awarding exhibitors to encourage them to be competitive and innovative in producing quality goods and services to their clients, and the public at large.

The winners in the different categories are:

Best Tourism and Hospitality – Tungeni Africa Investment cc (Von Bach Dam)

Best Corporate – Book Masters cc

Best Ministry – Ministry of Works and Transport (Government Stores Windhoek)

Best SME – Atikis Curious

Best Food Outlet – Tungeni Africa Investment cc (Von Bach Dam)

Best overall exhibitor – Book Masters cc

“We would like to encourage current and prospective exhibitors and upcoming entrepreneurs to partake in the exposition next year from 04 to 07 May 2016, and in future to build relations with each other. Exposition and trade fairs are not platforms to make money but to expose and market your business to prospective clients and customers,” said Sheya.

Some of the event sponsors this year were Standard Bank Namibia, Nedbank, Closwa Biltong and Tungeni Africa.