10 Eye-catching Exhibition Stand Designs

10 Eye-catching Exhibition Stand Designs

Exhibitions and Trade Shows are a very competitive environment and as such, how your booth looks can make a huge impact on the success of the event for your company.

The exhibits that work the best create a space that is immediately eye-catching and makes the delegate want to interact or at worst have a closer look. Open, welcoming stands definitely work far better at attracting interaction than stands that are closed off. Though this does depend on the intended use of the booth.

All of the example stands we have selected are brilliant in their own right and have been chosen because of the way they have created an extension of the exhibiting companies brand. In most cases the exhibition stand represents a mindshift from the companies traditional 2D marketing.

As always budget plays a huge role in what can be achieved as does the allocation of space by organisers, but on the whole the philosophy of how the stand is designed would remain the same no matter the stand configuration.

View all HOTT3D Exhibition Stand Designs on Behance at www.behance.net/HOTT3D

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Our Top 5 Alternative Conference Venues in Cape Town – 2014

Our Top 5 Alternative Conference Venues in Cape Town – 2014


Following on from our popular blog post in 2011, Top 5 alternative conference venues in Cape Town its time to do an updated post. There are many new venues that have arisen in to meet the ever growing popularity of Cape Town from a business tourism perspective.

One very exciting development is the soon to be started Century City Hotel and Conference Centre that is being developed by Rabie properties. The first conference is expected to be hosted in 2016.

For the time being however we will focus on existing venues. All venues listed are able to host a conference and/or small exhibition

1. The Pavilion Clock Tower Conference Centre

A small, but fantastic venue boasting great views and surrounds. Perfect for smaller conferences, confexes and expos.

The V&A is just across the swing bridge as well as a host of bars and restaurants to suit any palate and a array of hotel choices are nearby.

This Slick Waterfront Conferencing Centre. which boasts 3 main venues that can be split up with mobile partitioning wall system.

Catering for group of 10 – 600pax. It also has a full internal catering service which can cater for specific dietary requirements. The Pavilion is also fully licensed.

The Pavilion Conference Centre


2. The Westin

One of Cape Towns most luxurious hotels, The Westin also has excellent conference and small exhibition facilities with state of the art IT and facilities. The Westin is widely considered one of Cape Town finest conference locations.

Offering outstanding conference facilities with eleven individual venues accommodating from 12 to 600 delegates. All venues are fully air-conditioned and state-of-the-art conference and audiovisual equipment are available.

The V&A Waterfront is an short ferry trip away on the canals. Cape Town CBD is right next door opening up a huge array of restaurants and alternative accommodation venues.

Westin Conference Centre Cape Town


3. Belmont Square

Belmont Square Conference Centre is a modern and elegant environment. Located in Cape Town and situated in Rondebosch close to Cape Town CBD, Cape Town International Airport and various golf courses and sports grounds.

Fully licensed restaurant on the premises. Full catering service with menu’s tailored to suit your needs.
Suitable for any business or private event, celebration or occasion.

Belmont Square Conference Centre offers facilities from 4 to 400 delegates and has 10 separate venues available with ample secure parking and facilities for the physically challenged.

The Belmont Conference Centre


4. Lagoon Beach

Lagoon beach hotel is Cape towns only hotel with direct beach access. 7 internal venues and meeting rooms are available accommodating 10 – 600 delegates, which make lagoon beach Cape Towns second largest conference facility.

The location right on the beach adds the advantage of team building activities such as surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, kite boarding and other beach sports.

Day conference packages and full inclusive packages are offered

Lagoon Beach - Conference centre


5. TownHouse Hotel

With a range of venue options available on two spacious levels, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual and presentation aids, the centre is ideally placed to host functions large and small.

Thanks to the highly flexible, modular nature of its venues, the centre caters for large theatre-style presentations accommodating up to 250 people, conferences and product launches, ‘sit-down’ functions and banquets, as well as smaller meetings or ‘break-away’ sessions.

The Hotel’s Michelin-trained executive chef, provides customised menus and catering for various needs – from working breakfasts, light finger lunches and cocktails to formal banqueting functions.

townhouse hotel & conference centre


While this list is not exhaustive, they are, in our opinion, good venues that offer great facilities for both conferences and small exhibitions.

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Celebrating World Design Capital Cape Town 2014

wdc2014_logo21As part of the overall theme of World Design Capital 2014, ‘Live design. Transform Life’, the mayor, Patricia de Lille has expressed a desire for every citizen to feel the impact of WDC 2014 and for it to have a broad transformative impact on Cape Town and how the city operates.

Furthermore, she hopes that its legacy will be a city that makes better, smarter decisions that help improve the quality of life of all its citizens.

Already the city has been involving members of the public in the transformative design process via a series of co-design workshops. Here they have the opportunity to collaborate with designers and the public sector in order to find innovative solutions to specific local challenges. Through these, the city aims to connect with all 111 of the city’s wards.

City inspires its citizens

The city is itself an inspiring example of what WDC brings to Cape Town: it has made a firm commitment to embedding design and design-led thinking into the fabric of the city administration – Unlike previous Design Capitals, it has created an internal department within the city administration that is focused on embedding design led thinking into the public sector. Every ward and every citizen in Cape Town will ultimately see the benefit of this, within 2014 and beyond.

In addition, to ignite the imagination of the public and to contribute towards a greater understanding of the multifaceted nature of design, all are invited to experience and interact with the approximately 485 design-driven projects and events that have been officially recognised by and form part of the WDC programme. These have been specifically selected for their ability to demonstrate tangible evidence of how design can improve lives.

Beyond the events programme, there are legacy projects that will continue beyond 2014. For Cape Town and its citizens, 2014 is just the beginning of a better city by design.

Public involvement

To support the programme, the public is encouraged to:

• Visit, contact or show support for one or more of the recognised projects itemised on the www.wdc14.com
• Go to one of the WDC events listed under the programme section of the website
• Attend one of the eight pitching sessions being held during 2014 to expose WDC 2014 recognised projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators and pledge your support publicly
• Show your pride in Cape Town’s designation as the World Design Capital 2014 by incorporating the official WDC2014 yellow (Pantone 109C) into your environment and displaying it proudly
• Download the official supporter branding and include it on your email signature, in your work area, on marketing materials or anywhere you wish to flaunt your support
• Follow and engage with WDC2014 on Facebook and Twitter.
• Sign up for the WDC monthly newsletter to stay informed

Download the events programme – World Design Capital Events projects and events from March to May

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Decorex Cape Town takes shape

decorex 2014Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the CTICC from 25-28 April 2014 is already shaping up to deliver design delight, as it supports Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014.

Offering a one-stop research and shopping opportunity for both consumers and professionals in the interior design trade, it will see the first 100% Design South Africa pavilion.

It will also present a taste of the international exhibition that will be launching alongside Decorex Joburg in August this year. Moreover, in keeping with the blurring lines between design and craft, its exclusive Craft pavilion will also be an up to date showcase of the best handmade craft the Western Cape and Eastern Cape have to offer.

Cape designers, Greg Mellor & Sobeit Studios

Every year, Decorex Cape Town identifies the leading designers in the city and invites them to be part of the exhibition, thereby ensuring the very latest décor and design trends are represented at the show.

This year, one of the city’s hottest properties, Greg Mellor, will be in the Decorex Designer Spotlight, collaborating with fabric house St Leger & Viney to create a show-stopping interior. Another design studio that is the talk of the town, Sobeit Studios, will be interpreting the show theme of Design Your Life at the entrance to Decorex Cape Town.

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Other features

The 2014 Plascon Colour Forecast. A co-sponsor, it uses this platform to introduce the hottest paint colours of the year in an inspiring and decorative manner. Also, look out for paint effect demonstrations on the stand as well as the chance to the buy the latest issue of Spaces magazine that has a strong makeover theme

The Belgotex Trend House, where different designers will decorate six spaces in the home, will provide a flooring experience where all the latest technology and products will be on show

Trend analyst Dion Chang will be presenting the annual Design and Trend Forecast, in association with Caesarstone
The Dion Wired Design Your Life exhibition theatre will feature interactive cooking and entertaining demonstrations, including a star turn by Craig Charity of Lineage Coffee in Durban – the reigning South African Barista champion, popular “food jammer” Jade de Waal as well as MasterChef contestant Jason Steel

The Manscapes exhibit, where a host of male Cape Town celebrities will team up with local landscape designers to create their dream outdoor space including fashion designer Craig Port and celebrity interior designer Aidan Bennetts
The KWV Gourmet Market promises a wide variety of dishes, with suggested wine and cocktail pairings for everything on the menu

At the Graham Beck unWined Bar, with stylish flooring provided by Concreate, visitors can relax over a glass of local bubbly, teamed with a cheese board or sushi

For more information, go to www.decorex.co.za.
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The 46th SAPOA Convention Property Conference & Exhibition

sopoa 2014 property convention

The 46th SAPOA Convention Property Conference & Exhibition

  • Dates: 10 to 12 June 2014 Venue: ICC – Cape Town
  • Visitors: Approximately 1,200 delegates
  • Exhibitors: Over 80 national & international exhibitors.
  • Queries Contact: Charne Millet-Clay charne@soafrica.com

HOTT 3D Marketing in Cape Town

One of the highlights on the annual calendar for SAPOA members, partners and all commercial property practitioners. The 46th SAPOA Convention is expecting approximately 1,200 delegates. The exhibition, which runs during the week of the convention, is expected to attract over 80 national and international exhibitors.

The SAPOA Convention and Exhibition also provides an exceptional forum for interaction within the commercial property sector and with all levels of government, as SAPOA engages with its diverse stakeholders.

The theme for the 2014 convention is “Making a difference”. The convention committee has been hard at work preparing an exciting and stimulating programme, with many opportunities for debate and discussion, such as keynote addresses and panel discussions.

An optional workshop session, will be part of the programme on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Well-respected keynote and invited speakers will add value and enrich your experience.

aa SAPOA Property exihibtion

View convention schedule: http://www.sapoaconvention.co.za/sapoa-speakers-and-programme.htm

Contact Details

Charlene Jansen

Jane Padayachee



Shell Scheme walling 2,500mm high, 3m x 3m

  •  Fascia with your company name only (no logo)
  •  1 x plug point
  •  2 x spotlights
  • 2 x high chairs
  • 1 x cocktail table
  • 1 x complimentary exhibitor pass; 2nd person
  • R4,350.00 excl. VAT)


  • 3M X 3M
  • 1 x plug point
  • 1 x complimentary exhibitor pass; 2nd person
  • R4,350.00 excl. VAT)
Description Size Amounts
Shell Scheme 3m x 3m R27,630.00 (1 x complimentary exhibitor pass; 2nd person R4,350.00 excl. VAT)
Floorspace 3m x 3m R20,460.00 excl. VAT (1 x complimentary exhibitor pass; 2nd person R4,350.00 excl. VAT)


HOTT3D design, manufacture and build trade show booths and exhibition stands in South Africa. We provide our National and International clients with a well thought out platform to better market their brand and products at Trade Shows across South Africa.

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CEIR reports Exhibition Industry growth elevation in 2013

CEIR reports Exhibition Industry growth elevation in 2013

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research released a study indicating that the overall performance of the exhibition industry significantly improved during the fourth quarter of 2013, with a year-on-year increase of 3.0 percent compared to just 0.4 percent increase in the third quarter of the same year.

“This was a pleasant surprise,”CEIR President & CEO Brian Casey told International Meetings Review, “but overall, it didn’t surprise us.”
The results, he explained, were in line with the Center’s predictions—in fact, they were within a 10th of a percentage points from where the team had expected. The Total Index increased by 1.0 percent for 2013 for the year as a whole, just below the 1.1 percent forecasted growth. “The third quarter [of 2013] saw some softness,” Casey said, “but it improved in the fourth.”

Refer to Exhibit A: Quarterly CEIR Total Index for the Overall Exhibition Industry, Year-on-Year % Change, 2011Q1 – 2013Q4

In sharing the news of the findings, the Center called the results “exciting” and “promising,” considering there was only a 0.7 percent increase in the fourth quarter of 2012. This marks the fourteenth consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth, and the highest increase since the first quarter of 2012 which reported 3.2 percent at that time. Additionally, the exhibition industry outperformed the macro economy as real GDP gained 2.7 percent year-on-year during the same period.

Some fundamentals of the improvements, Casey said, are a result of various private sector industries boding well, leading to increased spending in other sectors—including conferences and business travel. “Improved household finances combined with lower interest rates and pent-up demands improved the real estate and auto industries,” Casey said about the impetus behind the growth. “Look at consumer spending. That’s one of the strongest leading components to delivery of an improved GDP.”

Refer to Exhibit B: CEIR Total Index by Sector, Year-on-Year % Change, 2013

The top-performing sector was Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Inputs, where the index increased by 6.9 percent. The weakest sector was government, where the index declined. Casey noted budget cuts, scandals and the sequestration as contributing factors to reduced government conferences and business travel, but singled out initiatives like Meetings Mean Business as a strong step in the right direction. “Trade shows and events are a significant contributor to a stronger economy” he said. “It’s a matter of educating politicians on the value of meetings. It’s just not been on their radar—and that’s about to change.”

Behind the Scenes

The CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four key metrics to determine overall performance: Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space Sold; Professional Attendance; Number of Exhibiting Companies; and Gross Revenue. The strongest metric in the fourth quarter was Professional Attendance, which jumped 5.8 percent year-on-year, the biggest gain since the third quarter of 2007. Exhibitors and Real Revenues rose 3.0 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. Net Square Feet was the only metric that suffered a year-on-year decline, dropping by 0.5 percent.

Refer to Exhibit C: Quarterly CEIR Metrics for the Overall Exhibition Industry Year-on-Year % Change, 2009 – 2013Q4

The CEIR Index provides exhibition industry performance across 14 key industry sectors: Business Services; Consumer Goods; Discretionary Consumer Goods and Services; Education; Food; Financial, Legal and Real Estate; Government; Building, Construction, Home and Repair; Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Inputs; Communications and Information Technology; Medical and Health Care; Raw Materials and Science; Sporting Goods, Travel and Entertainment; and Transportation.

The full 2013 CEIR Index with three-year projection will be released in April.

Information retrieved from the following sources:
– International Meetings Review: “CEIR Report: Exhibition Industry Performance Up in 2013” written by Jena Tesse Fox

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Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo comes of age

Expo celebrates a record-breaking 48,865 visitors over four days!

The Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo, held from 27 February to 2 March at the Coca-Cola Dome, turned 21 this year! We, together with our exhibitors celebrated this birthday with another resounding and successful show!


Says Ray Abrahamse, Managing Director of HOMEMAKERS: “Despite the persistent rain over the weekend, we managed to increase our foot count slightly, making this one of the most successful HOMEMAKERS Expos to date. Given the tighter budgets home owners are still experiencing, it was rewarding to see the avid interest shown in receiving expert advice and purchasing from exhibitors.”

Our exhibitors gave our visitors some bold, bright and individual ideas, products, genuine specials and competitions spanning everything to do with the HOME! Thank you to our esteemed exhibitors who once again raised the bar in terms of standard and quality seen at the show.

Congratulations to all award-winning exhibitors! Top accolades went to The Kitchen Studio who for the second year running won the Overall Award for Exhibitor Excellence, for their beautiful, functional and out of the box thinking for stand design.

Gold Awards went to: The Kitchen Studio, Sprada, Living Green Landscapes, Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex, Geberit Southern Africa, Dream View Glass, Rudi’s Choice, Floorworx, Universal Kitchens & Doors and Trellidor.

The visitors were intrigued and inspired by the practical home projects demonstrated at the Builders DIY Theatre by experts such as Andrew Donkin, Aidan Bennetts and Tanya Visser. The Repurpose(d) show feature presented by the UJ students of the faculty Arts, Design and Architecture as well as the Young Designers Come to Light feature presented by the Interior Design students of the Design School of Southern Africa were very well received by the public.

Congratulations to Wayde Van Heerden, the overall winner of the Repurpose(d) feature. Wayde used an old washing machine to design three products in his Wagtail Pets range; two unique and quirky doggy beds as well as a bowl holder for man’s best friend’s dinner! Second in line was Kerry Malan followed by Ricardo Loureiro.

Congratulations to Alexa Tucker, the overall winner of the Young Designers Come to Light feature. Alexa designed a luminaire called Shattered Shine and used negative spaces in her design to create a unique and fabulous light. Angelique Joelson was voted second, and third in line was Grant Ndlovu.

The Coffee Lovers Theatre hosted by SCASA (the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa) lured visitors to the area with the aroma of coffee to view the baristas showing off their techniques in the Cup Tasters, Latte Art and Brewer’s Competitions. Congratulations to the overall Gauteng Regional Title Winner, Phumlani Sebeko from Famous Brands.

The visitors of the Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo donated generously to this year’s Corporate Social Initiative, A Brick in the Wall, brought to you by Meals on Wheels in aid of assisting the Orange Farm Community. Thank you for each and every brick donated and also to the exhibitors who donated kitchens, flooring and many more home items to this worthy cause.

For more information visit http://www.homemakersonline.co.za or phone 086 111 HOME/4663.

View the 2014 Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo ad or take a look at Our favourite photos for the 2014 Gauteng event.
Twitter – @SAHomemakers Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/sahomemakers/homemakers-expo-2013-gauteng/

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