The 16th Dhaka International Trade Fair attracted a massive crowd on Friday.

Staff Correspondent
­The month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DIFT) got some momentum in the first weekend, two days after its launch, as thousands of people rushed to the fair on Friday.
However, mostly among the crowd there were visitors as the traders were yet set up their stalls and pavilions conclusively.
The fair authority hopes that the infrastructural works of pavilions along with decorations will end by tomorrow and the sales activities will then begin with full pace.
EPB Deputy Director and Member Secretary of DIFT Abdur Rouf said the fair is gradually getting its momentum and the crowding along with sales will rise in forthcoming days.
While visiting the fair premises this correspondent found that there was a thin presence of visitors before noon however after 2.00pm thousands of people started coming to the fair.
Though overall sales were yet to see rise, visitors, mainly women, children and teens were seen rushing to the food stalls.
Rafiqul Alam, a private firm official, told Bangladesh Post that he went to the fair with family members mainly for visiting and buying some cloths.
“Though we had plans to buy some goods we did not find them. The preparations are still underway; so we will come next week again to buy the desired goods,” he said.
Another visitor named Sharmin Akter Tumpa said she could not find foreign pavilions even though she came to buy some foreign products.
Digital Experience Centre has been launched this year for the first time. Anybody could find the direction of the fair from here after entering the main gate.
The 24th DIFT kicked off on January 9 where a total of 605 pavilion, mini-pavilion and stalls from home and abroad have taken part.
ONLINE TICKETING
For the first time in the fair, visitors are getting online ticketing advantage.
An adult’s ticket costs Tk 30 and a child’s Tk 20. One has to pay an extra Tk 2.3 as online purchase charge.
Imran Mahmud Shamim, CEO of Vallicon digital software firm, said they started the online ticketing service to reduce hassles.
Deputy Secretary of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Mohammad Abdur Rouf told UNB they had prepared an online ticketing system in 2017.
“We tried to launch it earlier but failed. We hope visitors won’t have any problem in purchasing tickets this time,” he said.
EPB and Commerce Ministry are jointly organising the month-long annual fair.