All is set for this year’s Southern Tourism Agricultural and Commercial Show (STACS) which will take place at the old show grounds, says Organizing Committee Chairperson Rwinick Mapanza.
Mr Mapanza said about 120 exhibitors had confirmed their participation and had already erected their stands.
He however bemoaned the reduction in the number of exhibitors from the Agro industry which was attributed to late delivery of inputs during the 2012-2013 farming season.
Mr. Mapanza told the Daily Nation that his committee had targeted about 150 exhibitors for this year’s show but stressed that even the 120 was still very impressive.
“All is set as you can see for yourself most all the exhibitors are just putting final touches to their stands. The turnout is still very impressive despite a reduction in the Agro industry. Most of the exhibitors are not here this year I am sure it is because of late delivery of inputs especially for individual stands,” he said.
Mr. Mapanza said that other industries like manufacturing and tourism were in place, including a stand for the UNWTO organizing committee.
“As organizing committee we have observed that the only thing that has increased this year is the number of restaurants but we shall regulate them,” he said.
And asked on how the committee would handle the increasing underage drinking during the show, Mr. Mapanza said the committee has advised all alcohol traders to only start selling beer after 15.00 hours.
“The selling of alcohol will only be allowed after 15.00 hours and this will be between 15-21.00 hours. This is because we want to reduce on cases of underage drinking,” Mr. Mapanza said.