Approximately 19,000 Belizeans visited the EXPO Belize Market Place 2010 over the weekend, September 18 and September 19, 2010, at its new location the ITVET Facility on Freetown Road. Both visitors and exhibitors were excited by the promise of the new venue and co-operated to make this the biggest EXPO ever! The attractions were numerous: new exhibitors from far and near with the Shipstern Nature Reserve and the Kolbe Foundation, the Belize Bank Business Lounge – a one of a kind meeting place for making business connections at the EXPO, the BCCI/Western Union Entertainment Pavilion featuring Summerville and the Brukdown Band, the Youth Connection Band, as well as several up and coming artists from the Belize Music Agency, diverse displays, and a variety of gate prizes, as well as, bargains which could not be obtained anywhere else. Like usual, the EXPO created the ideal environment to showcase all products and services, local as well as regional.
Winners of the top gate prizes include Ms. Martiza Carcamo who won one round trip ticket to anywhere in the continental USA courtesy of American Airlines, Mr. John Jaramillo who won an overnight accommodation with breakfast courtesy of Belize Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Mr. Rodrick Pollard who won a complete package of accommodation, dinner, breakfast, and tour from Chaa Creek Cottages, Mr. Leroy Ich who won one 24″ RCA LCD TV courtesy of Unicomer (Belize) Ltd., Ms. Florine Borland who won a Blackberry Bold courtesy of Cellular World, and Mr. Brayon Ramos who won a $500 Saving Account courtesy of First Caribbean Bank.
In addition, visitors voted for the best booth at this year’s EXPO by texting the number of the booth of their choice to the word “EXPO” using either their Digicell or Smart cellphone. Visitors thought that SMART had the best booth, followed by the Santiago Castillo Group of Companies and Universal Hardware Co. Ltd.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank this year’s sponsors – Grand Belize Island Co., Belize Telemedia Ltd., Quality Poultry Products, Galen University, the Development Finance Corporation, the Belize Bank, BCCI/Western Union and all those persons who worked long hours to make this year’s EXPO a success.
Article courtesy Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry