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    20 companies exhibit at Flamboyant Hotel Wedding Expo


    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO - It was all elegance at the newly completed Flamboyant Conference Centre in Masvingo when 20 companies from all over the region showcased products and services for weddings and other special events.
    The event which is annual and is in its fourth year running was held from 21 to 22 October. It is organised by Regency Group and the objective is to give local events Management companies the opportunity to showcase their products and services and for the public to view them.
    Some of the products and services showcased at the Expo include tents, chairs, catering, generators, water bowsers, décor, portable toilets, Zimbrellas, generator powered flood lights for events like parties, anniversaries, weddings, memorials, unveilings, corporate functions and ports events 
    "This is quite impressive. I think they should organise such an event twice a year, the first should be early in the year and the second one towards the festive season. It is amazing that Masvingo event organisers can come up with such creative products in events management," said Sukuoluhle Ndhlovu, one of the people who visited the exhibition.
    Some prominent companies at the Expo were Regency Hotels, Nyaradzo Events Management, Lulu Events Management, Shanna Mazorodze Weddings and Cherub Media Group.
    Nyaradzo captivated visitors with its products that included catering facilities, generators, water bowsers, décor, portable toilets, Zimbrellas, generator powered flood lights for events like parties, anniversaries, weddings, memorials, unveilings, corporate functions and ports.
    Chipo Muzanaro manned the Nyaradzo Events stand.
    Other products from Nyaradzo Events were mobile sleepers that come with three single beds with linen, a small bench and shelves, mobile rest rooms that have modern design toilets, sink and running water, the mobile kitchens are equipped with a four burner gas stoves, two fridges and a sink while the mobile showers have hot and cold running water, and state of the art design showers and interior.
    These products were a big hit with Expo visitors.
    Regency exhibited wedding venues like Fairmile Motel, Chevron Hotel, Flamboyant, Ancient City Lodge, Panyanda Lodge and their catering facilities.
    Lulu Events Management which is based in Masvingo and is into events planning, décor, coordinating, and provision of PA systems made a big impact at the Wedding Expo. The company is led by a young, vibrant and passionate lady, Lulu Shoko.
    "We hope after this Expo our fortunes will increase and people will have confidence in events managers from Masvingo. We also have some challenges where local products like tables and chairs are three times more expensive than those from across the border," said Shoko.
    Lulu Events has provided services at such events as the NatPharm ground breaking ceremony recently, the ambulance handover at Ngundu and the PPC function at the construction industry AGM at Great Zimbabwe Hotel.
    Shannah Mazorodze of Shanna Mazorodze Wedding said her company has destination weddings in tourist resort centres.
    "We offer a variety of services like décor, tents, crockery, destination wedding eg in Nyanga, Victoria Falls, Kariba and we also have modern Chiavary chairs which are a hit at weddings. We import most of the material that we use although forex is a challenge these days," said Mazorodze who is the managing director.
    Upcoming Cherub Media Group which was incorporated in 2014 was also exhibiting at the function for the first time.
    Michael Chabata of Cherub Media said his company is involved in PA system hiring, video filming with drones which take aerial pictures, photography, events management, branding, printing, signage, advertising and jumping castles for children.
    Nompilo Ndlovu, the Regency group sales and marketing manager said the event was a resounding success and the 20 companies that exhibited showed a lot of innovativeness.
    "The quality of exhibitions is high and there is a lot of excitement about the event from the exhibitors. The companies have showed a lot of creativity as shown by the drones, mobile rest rooms and some are bringing swiping machines for weddings so that there are no constraints when it comes to monetary gifts," said Ndhlovu during a tour of the stands.
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