Staff Correspondent

The exhibition will remain open till January 3

MYSORE: Hoteliers and restaurateurs in and around Mysore have been making a beeline to the exhibition on D. Devaraj Urs Road here, where an exclusive range of hospitality products are kept on display.

Samples of a wide variety of cutlery items, tableware, bar accessories, service trays, bathroom linen, bedspreads, curtains, room fresheners, and stainless steel products greet the visitors to the exhibition.

"It is a one-stop shop for all the utility products required by the hospitality industry. From a toothpick to an automatic hand-drier, we have it all," said Anil Bajaj, who has brought his touring exhibition to the city.

The self-made entrepreneur stacks up his tempo traveller with samples of products and sets up exhibitions in different cities as part of his novel marketing strategy. "I have set up exhibitions in different parts of South India, particularly Kerala and Maharashtra. I have now come to Mysore as the city is growing and a lot of new hotels and restaurants are coming up," he said.

Basically from Bangalore, Mr. Bajaj established AB-1986 to market plastic containers and raw materials in 1986. Today, almost 20 years later, he has established a wide network of clientele in Karnataka, Kerala, Goa and Tamil Nadu.

Though he sources most of his products from manufacturers known for their quality, Mr. Bajaj has started making designer candles in-house. "I have 600 types for candles," he said.

Prominently displayed is the mosquito repellent candle. The candle, kept in a round pot, contains chemicals that drive away mosquitoes. This candle is expected to find buyers among the restaurant owners in the city, for mosquito menace is one of the common challenges most restaurateurs and hoteliers face.

Also on display is a tree bark candle, standing two-and-a-half-feet tall. The exhibition began on Thursday at a vacant shop, adjacent to Bombay Tiffanys, will remain open till January 3. Mr. Bajaj can be contacted on 9845040992.