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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, 1967 — The president of the Bu­l­awayo Cham­ber of In­dus­tries, Mr HJ Gold­smith, said yes­ter­day that his cham­ber was in favour of com­bin­ing the Trade Fair and the Agri­cul­tural Show, even though it was ap­pre­ci­ated there were some dif­fi­cul­ties.

He said the cham­ber had dis­cussed the ques­tion thor­oughly.

It was ap­pre­ci­ated that it was dif­fi­cult for in­dus­try to en­gage in ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions in the sec­ond half of the year be­cause of Christ­mas trade com­mit­ments.

And it was re­alised there was a cer­tain amount of dif­fi­culty in hold­ing an agri­cul­tural show in AprilMay.

“But we feel that as Mata­bele­land is mainly in­ter­ested in cat­tle, that would not mat­ter a great deal. Cat­tle are usu­ally in quite good con­di­tion af­ter the sum­mer.

Mr Gold­smith had some per­sonal views on the Trade Fair. The in­ter­na­tional con­tent of the fair was not very dom­i­nant, he said. Even be­fore UDI there were only half a dozen in­ter­na­tional ex­hibits.

As long as Bu­l­awayo lacked ac­com­mo­da­tion for non-white vis­i­tors or buy­ers the fair would have great dif­fi­culty in get­ting in­ter­na­tional buy­ers.

Sal­is­bury had two ho­tels which catered for all com­ers. Bu­l­awayo had none.

Rhode­sia’s na­tional trans­port car­ri­ers, Rhode­sia Rail­ways and CAA had not ad­ver­tised on a world scale fares or tours co­in­cid­ing with the Trade Fair.

This type of public­ity would be costly, but it was fun­da­men­tal to the set­ting up of an in­ter­na­tional trade fair, he be­lieved.

In the mean­time, both func­tions needed big­ger crowds than they were at­tract­ing. United, they might achieve the gate they needed.

Opin­ion on the is­sue is di­vided among mer­chants, farm­ers and in­dus­tri­al­ists in Bu­l­awayo and District. Some farm­ers be­lieve the agri­cul­tural show is dead — killed by the Trade Fair. They say the two must be com­bined to give the pub­lic an im­proved func­tion while sav­ing the show.

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