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Consumer fair aims to boost handicrafts

Consumer fair aims to boost handicrafts

THE first Cambodia International Consumer Fair will be held in conjunction with the Kingdom’s Water Festival from November 19 to 23, aiming to promote Cambodia’s wares to an international audience.

Around 1,000 booths will be set up on Diamond Island hosting a variety of products and entertainment ranging from local produce to movies, according to Prak Chan Long, general manager of Diamond Island Convention Center.

Event planner MCdi Cambodia Co is organising the fair and managing 500 of the booths, 60 of which it has allocated for free to Cambodia’s Federation of Handicraft, according to MCdi chairman Michael Ho.

“We will allocate 60 booths to them free of charge – we hope that they can make some money during this period and promote the handicrafts of our country,” he said.

With over 2 million national and international visitors expected during the festival, the fair was a great opportunity to sell produce and promote the Kingdom’s handicraft industry and traditional products, Michael Ho said.

Keo Davy, president of Federation of Handicraft, said yesterday that the booths were normally very expensive for the small handicraft sellers, so the free booths were very welcome.

Michael Ho said the exhibition would cost more than US$100,000.

Of the 500 booths MCdi is managing, it has already sold 300.

One booth costs between $300 and $700 to rent.

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