Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS

Slovak fair industry keeps bringing visitors back

During 40 years of communism, trade shows on Slovak soil were visited largely by the braver citizens of the then-Czechoslovak Federation. The western cars, computers and electronic gadgets on display, say eyewitnesses, had a thrilling air of the forbidden about them.
Not so now, of course. After eight full years of capitalism, Slovak fair-goers are a price-hardened, quality-conscious bunch - and they come back, in annually increasing droves. Many exhibitors see this consumer enthusiasm as a function of the 'novelty factor.' The Slovak market economy is still young enough that consumers are interested in its lower-profile happenings, such as 'dental equipment' exhibitions and 'tools and ironware' fairs.

During 40 years of communism, trade shows on Slovak soil were visited largely by the braver citizens of the then-Czechoslovak Federation. The western cars, computers and electronic gadgets on display, say eyewitnesses, had a thrilling air of the forbidden about them.

Not so now, of course. After eight full years of capitalism, Slovak fair-goers are a price-hardened, quality-conscious bunch - and they come back, in annually increasing droves. Many exhibitors see this consumer enthusiasm as a function of the 'novelty factor.' The Slovak market economy is still young enough that consumers are interested in its lower-profile happenings, such as 'dental equipment' exhibitions and 'tools and ironware' fairs.

The ever-increasing attendance figures, surprisingly, are not a blessing for all firms. Some find their expensive booths thronged by children and casual visitors, while others say that

Top stories

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness