CHITTAGONG, Apr 12: Chittagong International Trade Fair of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry has gained momentum as thousands of visitors from all walks of life have thronged the venue to buy products of their choice.
On a visit, this correspondent saw visitors enter the fairground along with women and children and leave the venue with products they bought at lucrative prices offered in the trade fair.
People bought all commodities essential in the family ranging from processed foods, dresses, cosmetics, furniture, plastic goods, milk foods, jute goods, melamine products, jewellery and many more.
One Jamaluddin, a government employee from Agrabad area, said he came on most days with children to buy things for the kids and other family members as the commodities are selling at 'attractive' prices.
The salesmen in the stalls of almost all companies are offering goods at discounted rate-from 20 per cent to 40 per cent less than normal prices, which attracted him to visit the fair on most of the days after 6.00 pm, he said.
As the sales have been at its peak over the last one week, the salesmen, mostly seasonal job-seekers from colleges and universities, are in pleasant mood as they are also earning a handsome amount from the sales on the occasion of the trade fair.
From 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm, they are passing busy time in most of the stalls, having no time to gossip with friends, said Sultana, a student of a private university.
The fair sees a greater number of visitors with children and women on Friday and Saturday evenings as these two days are weekly holidays, the salespeople said.
Offering a different taste to consumers, Chittagong-based business conglomerate Abul Khair Group's pavilion stands at the entrance of the fair with the display of their products, especially the "Marks" brand milk powder for all ages.
The 2,500-square-feet Marks Pavilion's main attraction is the free health check-up for every visitor, no matter he or she would buy a packet of Marks milk powder or not.
Skilled medical practitioners check up the health of children, women and their guardians with blood pressure and blood sugar kits and examine the bone problems and other old age complications at the stall.
Following the check-ups they suggest five premier packages of Active School, Morning Star, Marks Gold, Marks Diet and Diabetes Milk.
Abul Khair Group pavilion is handing a packet of tea leaves and sugar to the buyer of a 400 gram packet of the milk powder. The buyers are highly satisfied with receiving something of extra as gifts with a packet of milk powder.
Besides, the stall has offered different gifts such as television, washing machine and rice cooker on package sales of their different products.
Delwar Hossain Samir, in charge of the pavilion and brand officer of the Abul Khair Group of Industries, said the company's sales were at its peak these days as hundreds of visitors thronged the pavilion to have health check-ups and buy group products.
He said that they werw giving the health check-up services free of cost. Most of the visitors buy milks while some others visit only to get health check-ups. Most of the salespersons of their pavilion are students studying at different colleges and universities.
The month-long fair of the 25th CITF of the CCCI opened on March 19 in the port city's Polo Ground at Kadamtali area. Chittagong Chamber organises the fair every year at the Polo Ground with participation of some other countries.
Thailand is the partner country of the fair while India, Pakistan and Nepal have joined the fair with products of international brands.
The fair is scheduled to end on April 18 but it may continue for another seven days depending on the wishes of the visitors, organisers said.