The Belize of Chamber of Commerce’s Expo was held over the weekend at the ITVET in Belize City. The private sector was out in full force offering deals upon deals on a wide range of products or services. The most popular item was really the deals on phones and there was an abundance of options. While the visitors fell somewhat this year, the number of booths increased by twenty. News Five’s Duane Moody visited the Expo and has the following report.
Duane Moody, Reporting
The twentieth annual Expo Belize Market Place was hosted by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry over the weekend. A whopping ninety-six companies participating through over one hundred and seventy-eight booths scattered across the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. The campus was buzzing with activity during the two-day event. There was no shortage of food, drinks, deals and discounts for the Belizean public.
“We just figured we got a break and we are now out here trying to get some deals. So we know that at the expo show grounds there are so many deals out here; you can just come out, walk around for a bit. I got two big bags of groceries here that will satisfy my home and this is why we do it.”
“One of the biggest things every time dah about gadgets and phones and latest this and latest that. Do you find yourself caught up in that as well?”
“Well I went and saw some and they are very attractive and good deals. So I would tell everybody to come. If you don’t have a phone, come out and get one.”
And the deals were phenomenal…phones as low as forty-nine dollars. Both major telephone companies provided services, top-ups and high end phones at rock bottom prices. Brands and Events Coordinator Stephen Yearwood spoke of the deals.
Stephen Yearwood, Brands & Events Coordinator, B.T.L.
“We want everybody to take advantage of the opportunity to begin to get ready for LTE. We will be launching LTE in December so all the devices out here now will allow you to be ready for LTE. The devices start as low as seventy-nine dollars so this Hundai phones comes with a free case. we have the Huawei which is for a hundred and twenty-nine dollars which as the image shows comes with a free selfie stick or a sixteen gig SD card. All these devices are LTE ready and they are at some awesome prices. So from yesterday the crowd has been here and mien we’ve sold hundreds of phones already. And so we are trying to encourage everybody to don’t wait until till the booth closes to come in. Come out now.”
Smart Belize, aside from its cell phone packages, also offered their unlimited broadband service with a special deal on the grounds.
Josue Carballo, product & Service Development Manager, Smart
“We are actually promoting a lot of our new services; not only in mobile, but also at home. And so this month we launched off our unlimited Smart broadband service and we have a special deal for people that come and sign up here at the grounds. Apart from getting free installations, which is almost a hundred dollars discount, you also are getting a free router, a free antennae installed for you…we are not even charging you a rental fee for these devices. And to top it all off, we are actually getting you the first month of Smart broadband absolutely free. We have really reliable packages and I think that’s what Smart’s name has grown to be—reliable internet.”
For the expo, Courts promoted its optical, ready finance and digital services where people could set up appointments and residents were able to take advantage of its payment plans. Gadgets as well as TVs and phones were also available for purchase.
Janelle Rodriguez, Digital Marketing Officer, UNICOMER Belize Limited
“For digital we have lots of things for digital. We have a Courts Go game; we are giving away the S7, Samsung Galaxy S7, very good prize. And what you need to do, we have different icons at different locations across the grounds. You find the icons, you take a selfie with it and you upload on our Facebook page. We have free wifi here for anybody who wants to upload the icons. You get your friends to like the collage and thirty percent is based on reaction and the other seventy percent is based on how creatively you take the picture. And we’ll have a Court judging panel decide who wins for that S7.”