Fishtival to Feature More Prominently in Future

The Walvis Bay Fishtival will position itself as a marketing tool and should enjoy permanent status on the harbour town’s annual calendar.

This was said by Gert Kruger, the chairperson of the Walvis Bay Fishtival.

According to a press release issued yesterday, a third of the 33 indoor stalls were taken up by the fishing industry, which was more than double the number that showed interest in 2012.

There were also 14 outdoor stalls, consisting of mostly food stalls.

“In comparison, the Erongo Expo when it first started a few years ago, managed to attract not more than 15 exhibitors but has grown exponentially since then,” said Kruger.

He said the event had a slow start, but gained momentum on the second and final day, and finished by way of huge merrymaking on Saturday evening.

All in all, about 2 500 visitors made their way to the Fishtival, in the midst of several other events, taking place simultaneously.

The Miss Fishtival competition, however, had to be postponed due to the “modest response”.

Exhibitors told The Namibian that attendance was slow at first, mainly because people were either still at work and children at school. They were looking forward to better business later in the evening.

Fishing companies exhibited some of their products and even added flavour to their exhibitions by offering visitors some fresh fried seafood and other interesting bites.

“The general sentiment was that the overall event was an improvement on the first attempt in 2012, and seeing that the fishing industry is directly represented on the organising committee, it suggests the potential for future growth is markedly enhanced, and therefore the event should be featured more prominently in the future,” Kruger said.

Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said the Fishtival must be marketed widely in SADC and eventually overseas as the potential for growth is vast.

Kruger said the organising committee intends to start much earlier with planning next year’s event and will consult widely to include as many stakeholders as possible.

Source : The Namibian