Yashvin is back again with a new post….
As usual, lets head toward Wikipedia for the definition :
A trade fair (or trade show) is an exhibition organised so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent trends and opportunities.
Among the different type of trade fairs in Mauritius, we have
- Fairs (Expos) where innovative and new products are exposed to the public
(btw. euh I think Infotech is supposed to be in this category)
- Salon de la Maison, Salon du jardin etc etc…
But today’s post will concern the series of “Indian trade fair 2008, Pakistan trade fair 2008, magavaganza trade fair, xxx trade fair and blabla trade fair.
During the whole year, you can hear those different adverts which announce the trade fair X where products have just been imported from Country X and Containers of products have just arrived in Mauritius for the expo.
Wide Variety of products, garments etc will be on sale (at incredible prices?)
Very often, transport facilities are provided for instance from Port Louis or Rosehill, and I think that they are free…
However, entrance to some of the trade fairs are usually paying, usually under Rs25.
The most common practice
But however, in many of those fairs, where you would expect to see those advertised products from Country X, you would be surprised to see that those fairs are full with
- “Marchands Ambulants” which have their own stands.
- “Workshop “
I have seen that in the past where in a Country X Trade Fair, I spotted a salesgirl selling garments and it happened that the same girl sells the same things in Workshop, Port Louis.
btw, Workshop is a “shopping mall, lol” near Air Mauritius Building, PL.
Whats the F*?
Perhaps you haven’t realised it yet, but by going to some of those trade fairs, you are not just going to buy mauritian articles, BUT also paying an entrance fee to shop in a fair where you get exactly the same thing on the streets or “shopping malls’ of Port Louis…
Despite this, I believe that those trade fairs will still be going strong as they are providing a way of encouraging social life where family members generally find this as a sort of entertainment.
A special note to one of my blog readers (Avishna):
Hey, I know I wrote about “Trade Fairs In Mauritius”, but it does not necessarily apply to every trade fair in the island.
And what about you?
Is this considered as a form of “publicité mensongère”?
Do you visit those trade fairs and perhaps you might share your experience…