Gitex charge aims to keep the show trade orientated

There will be a 20Dhs charge for entry to Gitex 2001 this year. The idea is to kep out 'pen collectors' says DWTC project manager Shaw.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  September 24, 2001

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that there is to be a small entry fee for attending Gitex 2001 this year. The organisers have decided to impose a charge of Dhs20 per day for entry to the exhibition in an effort to keep out “pen collectors” according to a Gillian Shaw, project manager for DWTC.

Exhibitors will all get free passes allowing them to invite all the clients and partners they need, she said, the aim being to keep the show for trade guests.

Shaw admitted that the organisors expected a small decrease in the number of visitors from 73 000 last year but she emphasised that numbers are hard to predict and the visitors should be of a higher calibre. “We will be getting the right people, those with a genuine interest in the show. Exhibitors are coming to do business and they do not want to have to deal with time-wasters,” she said.

Shaw added that those people with a more casual interest could still go to the Computer Shopper exhibition where they would be more welcome and probably provide some business.

Exhibitors at Gitex should be receiving their passes soon and Shaw mentioned that there was actually a small increase in the number of exhibitor passes issued this year. Any money raised from the entry fee would be put into improving the Dubai World Trade Centre facilities ahead of the IMF forum in 2003, she said.

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