The event will be held from 9am to 2pm both days. BTIB’s trade and marketing officer, Nicholle Ama says this year’s trade days will start on registration day and vaka blessing days, allowing paddlers the opportunity to visit before the start of the competition.
The annual event will be organised at its usual venue, the Maire Nui Park opposite the Banana Court.
“This year’s Vaka Eiva Trade Days will focus on further promoting the recently-launched brand ‘Kia Orana’ – Cook Islands Made depicting authentic arts and crafts and variety of food and beverages to be offered by vendors,” says Ama.
BTIB has allocated 30 stalls, of which 17 are for arts, crafts and apparel and 13 food and beverage vendors.
Ama says due to high demand for vendor space, they expect all 30 stalls to be taken.
“Based on last year’s trade day, the arts/crafts and apparel vendors generated higher profits.
BTIB expects the trade days to be a successful event with continuous commemoration of our 50th year celebration.
“Capitalising on the annual Vaka Eiva event, the Business Trade Investment Board has coincided trade events to benefit the local small to medium business community, particularly arts/crafts and food vendors.”
Trade Day will provide an opportunity for visitors and tourists and participants alike to discover the authentic foods and products of the Cook Islands. This will also be an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their products.
Ama says BTIB will manage the setup of the Trade Days site and will provide entertainment, promote vendors goods and products and ensure that things run smoothly.
The Vaka Eiva Trade Day will be held from 9am to 2pm on Friday, followed by the opening of the colourful Tiare Festival.