15 Sep 2013 04:50
WALVIS BAY, 15 SEP (NAMPA) The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) Erongo Business and Tourism Expo will take place at the Walvis Bay Civic Centre from 30 October to 02 November this year.
Event organisers Expo Studio Namibia said during a media conference here on Friday 60 per cent of the exhibition space has already been booked.
The expo opens for businesses from 30 October, and will be open to the public from the next day until 02 November.
The objective of the expo is primarily to promote business and tourism within the Erongo Region and beyond by presenting a platform for exhibitors to promote their businesses and industries.
Speaking during the conference, Namports acting CEO Heritha Muyoba said since 2011, Namport has committed N.dollars 450 000 towards the expo and has sponsored and additional N.dollars 300 000 for this years activities.
She indicated that as premier sponsor of the expo, Namport expects to attract various local, regional and national exhibitors, as well as international companies to the Erongo Region, but more importantly, to promote Namibian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
It is also our wish to see the Erongo Business and Tourism Expo established as the major trade fair in the Erongo Region, and indeed as one of the major trade fairs in Namibia, she noted.
Also speaking during the conference, the Walvis Bay Municipalitys Public Relations Manager Kevin Adams noted that the expo will provide a platform for all economic sectors to enhance their collective promotional efforts in order to draw investment towards local markets.
This years expo will include both indoor and outdoor exhibitions, as well as two halls and marquee tents to accommodate the array of mainly enterprises in trade and tourism, Government Ministries, parastatals and SMEs.
Complementing the exhibitions will be a VIP lounge, amusement facilities for children, and food stalls.
A new element added to the expo will be the Miss Expo competition, a gala event to be held on 25 October, followed by a street parade the next day.