Exhibitors at the 24th International Trade Fair in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, are complaining about low patronage, and are worried they may incur losses.
The exhibitors say publicity is low and most residents of Tamale are unaware of the fair.
They have thus appealed to organizers to intensify publicity for the public to patronize their goods and services.
This year’s International Trade Fair being held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, specifically at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, has been running for nearly a week already.
But exhibitors say they have not made any significant sales after paying about 1,500 cedis each for a stand.
A visit to the Fair saw most exhibition stands empty, with a handful of patrons seen scouting through some of the items.
Some of the exhibitors who expressed their disappointment say they had high hopes for this year’s fair based on the assurances they had received from the organizers.
One of the exhibitors, Karim Ouro, who could not hide his disappointment said,
“The Organizers of the Trade Fair have deceived us. Last year in Accra, things were very bad, we were thinking they are going to do something better to help us recover the losses we incurred, but nothing has changed. Just go across the street here, nobody knows about the trade fair” he lamented.
Another Exhibitor who gave his name as Charles, said he came from Togo to participate in the fair, but market has been slow.
When Citi Business News interacted with some persons on the streets of Tamale, they had no knowledge about the fair.