Participants blame hosts for dismal footfall

Participants of the India International Bicycle Expo 2013 rued poor response from dealers outside Punjab as compared to last year, on the second day of the expo, on Saturday.

Heavy rainfall added to their woes, as local dealers and customers too stayed away. The participants, however, have accused the organisers of the three-day exhibition for not well advertising the expo outside Punjab, owing to which not more than 150 dealers are participating, while they had expected around 1,000 dealers.

Charanjeet Singh Vishvkarma, former president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), said, "I have spent more than 6 lakh on my stall, and not more than 100-150 dealers have visited from outside Punjab. The organiser did very poor advertising".

UCPMA chairman Manjeet Singh Khalsa said, "We have received a number of complaints regarding poor response. The organisers had confirmed that more than 700 dealers would visit, but to our surprise not even 150 have visited till now".

He added, "We have asked the organisers to show us the details of advertisements published outside Punjab, so that we can ascertain the situation".

According to the participants, last year more than 800 dealers had visited the expo, and local dealers along with retail customers had unexpectedly done impulsive buying. However, this year, the response at the expo is not even 50 per cent of what they had received last year.

The industrialists were seen sitting idle most of the time. Heavy rainfall and strong winds worsened the situtation, as even the hoardings of a number of participants had been damaged at the venue.

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