The Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo is due to take place from Thursday 30 October 2013 to Saturday 2 November 2013 at the premises of the Municipality of Walvis Bay.
The objective of the EXPO is primarily to promote trade/ business and tourism within the Erongo Region and beyond, while also providing an entertaining atmosphere for coastal residents and visitors.
There will be indoor, as well as outdoor exhibitions and two halls, as well as marquees to accommodate an array of enterprises in trade and tourism, government ministries, parastatals and SME's.
“We already have approximately 60% booking by exhibitors,” Mr Johan Van Zyl, the expo coordinator said. “What'll be different about this year's expo is that we will be accommodating exhibitors from beyond the Erongo Region as well. We will also be more flexible as the demand grows for more exhibitors.”
The first day of the exhibition will be open to business people only and from Friday on-wards the exhibition will be open to the wider public. Complementing the exhibition will be a VIP Lounge, restaurant marquee, entertainment marquee, children's amusement facilities and food stalls.
Namport has committed N$450,000 towards the Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo since 2011 and continues to commit resources towards the hosting of the annual business and tourism expo. This year Namport sponsored an additional N$300,000.
“Namport remains optimistic that this year's expo will attract exhibitors that utilise the corridors to export or import their goods,” acting CEO of Namport, Ms Heritha Muyoba said.
“Despite the somewhat sluggish performance of the national economy and the many challenges faced, there are encouraging signs that we are witnessing the emergence of a vigorous economic upturn here in Walvis Bay ”, Mr Kevin Adams, Public Relations officer of the Municipality of Walvis Bay said at the launch on Friday.