To keep abreast of the the latest happenings within the global exhibition industry, HOTT3D sent Key Account Manager, Farrah Weir, to the annual IFES World Summit held in late June.

IFES, the International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services, held the event in the South of France at Le Grande Motte. The Summit was a gathering of international stand builders with a strong focus on networking and knowledge sharing over a packed three day summit.

The summit is designed to bring industry suppliers from across the globe together in a relaxed and easy environment whereby new connections are made, knowledge shared and collaborative workshops held.

This all creates a great space for people to unite and share their common experience and knowledge as well as develop international contacts to facilitate expansion of international business.

The Summit consisted of a structured and very busy three day event with numerous workshops and speakers, detailing subjects such as, Marketing, Education and Sustainability within the industry.

Highlights of the workshops and speakers included:

Martin Joos from Adunic sharing the emotions of our industry.
Pablo Nakhle-Cerruti brought the theme of how venues can transform events into different experiences.
Detlef Wintzen from Insglueck reflected on the German story of future energy.
A collaboration workshop hosted by Jeremy Stubbs where delegates were divided into groups and asked to look into questions such as demands for IFES and exhibition expectations, how the industry is changing and solutions.

The annual AGM also took place which discussed the annual review and presentations of the actions of IFES over the last year as well as a new member induction, which allowed new members, including HOTT3D to take the stage, introduce themselves and their companies.

Numerous social networking opportunists were also worked into the schedule including a beer and wine tasting event, nightly evening dinners and gala last night, all to aid getting to know fellow attendees from around the world.

In conclusion the experience at IFES was exceptionally positive and gave HOTT3D valuable insights into our global industry. IFES created a welcoming, warm and friendly environment whereby one felt apart of a community that was genuine and sincere. The networking was overwhelmingly brilliant and the knowledge shared and gained irreplaceable.

Farrah concluded that she thought the summit was a successful and beneficial experience and couldn’t wait to go back in 2018, where the event will be held in Chicago.
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African Utility Week 2016 – Hexing

About African Utility Week
The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.

Exhibition – 250 exhibitors on 12,000sqm

This market leading trade exhibition is the first port of call for senior decision makers from utilities, governments, large power users, IPPs, consultants, contractors and regulators to source the latest solutions or to meet new clients and suppliers. Participating as an exhibitor will enable you to make crucial contacts within the African power and water industry, enter new markets and widen your network. See current list of exhibitors

Conference – 1200 delegates 

If challenges around power generation, T&D, metering, clean energy, finance, reliability, water supply or energy efficiency are keeping you awake at night, African Utility Week will be the right place to find suitable solutions, best practices and case studies from around the world. 

Networking – 6000 attendees, unlimited networking opportunities

The 3-day exhibition means more engagement time between delegates, visitors and exhibitors. A more engaging exhibition floor with product demonstrations, workshops, cocktail functions, free refreshments and meeting lounges will create business opportunities for our attendees.

Any company with an interest in Africa’s power and water industry cannot afford to miss this event. South African utility Eskom and the Ministries of Energy and Water Affairs as well as local municipalities such as Johannesburg’s City Power and the City of Cape Town have been key event partners for many years. Large African utilities such as Tanesco, SNEL, Senelec, UEGCL, KenGen, TCN, ZESCO, NamPower and many more are regular visitors.


The 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike. AUW takes place annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
One of seven exhibits we produced at this years event, this unique booth for Hexing showcased their products and systems. This exhibit was entirely custom fabricated and utilised high quality finishes and materials:
– Gloss duco-sprayed backwall incorporating 2 stores
– 32mm raised matt white platform floor with ramped edging
– Totems and low walls with CNC detailed acrylic with high powered LED side lighting
– Fabricated LED lit logo’s and panels
– CNC and backlit detailing.
AUW 2016 is a rapidly growing event and has proved that year on year it is on a fast growth path. Another great event for Cape Town to host.


HOTT3D is an award winning and trusted, Exhibition Stands Manufacturer & Supplier from Cape Town, South Africa.

Experiential Marketing

Conference @ The Westin, Cape Town – Africa Oil & Power 2016

Africa Oil & Power draws a premier crowd of ministers and senior level government officials and top executives of private sector companies spanning the entire value chain, including upstream, downstream, power generation and legal and finance. The event is the benchmark for top-tier networking and high-level discussion on a multitude of issues concerning the African energy and electricity landscape.



The elite, hand-picked collection of speakers will put delegates face to face with the industry people who matter most: the decision makers. The industry’s only invitation-only event, Africa Oil & Power offers a second to none peer-to-peer networking experience.


Africa Oil & Power aims to become the African benchmark for high-level discussion on a multitude of topics covering the African energy and electricity landscape.


Africa Oil & Power is dedicated to the capital and power brokers of the industry. It’s a chance to shake hands and get right down to the business of making deals.


HOTT3D has the pleasure of working with Africa Branding Corporation for their inaugural conference Oil and Power 2016, which took place in May at The Westin Hotel and Conference Centre in Cape Town.

Our involvement included:

  • Rationalisation, production and construction of the concept stage design
  • Co-ordination of Audio Visual and Sounds components utilising a 6m x 3.6m LED screen.
  • Venue Branding using large format, tensioned fabric prints
  • A Huge 6m wide x 5.5m high lightbox for photo opportunities and press spot interviews
  • Creation of Press conference backdrops using tensioned fabric prints.
  • A custom fabricated show Icon with backlit edges for re-use year-on-year.
  • Custom fabricated furnishings for the stage seating area.
  • Custom fabricated literature zone

The massive, multi level 23m x 6.5m x 4.8m high stage consisted of integrated LED modules to create a huge 6m x 3.6m screen coupled with custom timber curved ends to accommodate sponsor and media partner graphics.

An awesome event to be involved with and one that was impeccably and seamlessly installed and produced by the team.

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

CTICC celebrates sod turning on expansion project -2014

CTICCHard work and careful planning over the past few months culminated in the first sod being turned on the construction site of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) expansion today.

“The expansion, which is set to raise the global competitiveness of Cape Town as a premier world class meetings and events destination will double the centre’s existing exhibition capacity by adding 10 000m² of flexible space,” said CTICC Chairperson, Gary Fisher.

Over the past eleven years, the CTICC has played an instrumental role in driving economic growth and job creation in South Africa by attracting international meetings and events to the city. The CTICC has cumulatively contributed over R22 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and in excess of R7 billion to the Western Cape Gross Geographic Product (GGP).

“Estimates put the contribution of the CTICC expansion to the national GDP at R1.98 billion by 2020. The provincial GGP will also stand to benefit from the expansion and it is expected that CTICC’s contribution to the Western Cape GGP by 2020 will be in excess of R500 million.” adds Fisher.

“The CTICC Board agreed shortly after the centre first opened its doors that an expansion was pivotal in order for CTICC to maintain its global competitiveness amongst other international convention centres,” said Fisher.

“By expanding, we will be able to stage more events, offer more flexibility and allow for an increase in the concurrent hosting of various sizes of meetings, conventions, exhibitions and other events,” he added.

“The expansion will also entrench our international reputation for sustainable business development, and make a real contribution to job creation and the coffers of the city and the province,” added Fisher.

One of the key elements in the expansion relates to an empowerment framework that will see the establishment of opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprises to become part of the project. “These opportunities will not only be created in the construction phase, but will form part of the centre’s business model and strategy, creating sustained job opportunities,” said Fisher.

Given the CTICC’s commitment to achieving and where possible exceeding standards of international best practice, sustainability will be a core priority of the new building. The expansion project is set to incorporate leading advanced green design principles. “This is necessary if the CTICC wants to continue competing in the top league of international meeting venues,” he added.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille welcomed the expansion, during an address she delivered on behalf of the Provincial Government at the sod turning event in Cape Town earlier today. Premier Zille was joined at the sod turning by the City of Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson and MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde.

“CTICC is a valued asset to this province. Its expansion will further increase the contribution to the province’s and the country’s economy and spur job creation. More people will become involved – directly and indirectly – in the staging of events at CTICC, and this brings with it very valuable economic growth,” said Zille.

“Today we reach a significant milestone of a long process to expand the CTICC to build on its success. The City of Cape Town is proud to be the major partner in the ownership of the CTICC. We have committed ourselves by providing the land and the majority of the finance required. We are pleased to work with our partner, the Western Cape Government, and the CTICC Board,
to make this project possible,” said Deputy Mayor Neilson.
“The CTICC is a major economic catalyst for our region. Its expansion will increase the facility’s capacity to host meetings and exhibitions. In the last financial year the Western Cape secured 19 conference bids worth R347 million to our economy. The CTICC is driving the Western Cape’s lucrative meetings industry. I am confident the expansion will increase business travel to the province and create more jobs,” said MEC Winde.


Exhibiting at Indaba 2014? South Africa’s Top Travel & Tourism Show

Exhibiting at Indaba 2014? South Africa’s Top Travel & Tourism Show

Indaba Travel and Tourism Show 2014South African Tourism

Indaba Travel and Tourism Show 2014

South Africa’s (and Africa’s) premier Travel & Tourism show is back in 2014 and, INDABA 2014, promises to better than ever. INDABA is now also rated as the industry’s top three ‘must visit’ travel and tourism trade shows of its kind on the global calendar.

Quick Facts

Dates: 10 – 12 May 2014

Venue: Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC), South Africa

Number of Exhibiting Companies: 1467 (2013), 1312 (2012)

International Buyers (2013): 1781 (from 74 countries)

Total Attendees (2013): 9,276



South African Tourism:

Email: Phone: +27 (0)11 467 5011 (outside SA)  +27 (0)861 077 784 (SA)


HOTT3D - Exhibtion Stands

HOTT3D will be on site providing exhibition solutions to clients at  INDABA 2014 before, during and after the show.

If you have any exhibition stand, display or graphic needs, please contact us.

Tel:      +27 (0) 76 577 0989



Why should you attend INDABA 2014?

  • Its Africa’s top travel and tourism exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Keep abreast of global trends and new developments within the in African tourism and travel industry
  • Meet industry stakeholders and decision makers face to face
  • Conduct business with new and existing clients
  • Gain competitive advantage with a view to becoming market leaders
  • Meet with over 1800 exhibitors from a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors
  • Opportunity to network with key decision makers and stakeholders on an exciting and informative platform

indaba 2014 Durban

Exhibitor Profile

INDABA brings together a showcase of Southern African tourism products and services for the international travel trade. Exhibitors in the DEC (Durban Exhibition Centre) include provincial authorities and provincial products.

In the ICC (International Convention Centre), exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.


Buyer Profile

Inbound Tour Operators Foreign Travel Agents Airlines DMC’s

Media Profile

INDABA has a dedicated following of local and international media who provide extensive coverage of the exhibition for the local and international markets through radio, television, newspaper and dedicated travel publications.

Stand Rates

For the very first time, INDABA is offering loyal exhibitors a loyalty incentive. Incentives and discounts apply to floor space costs only and does not apply to packages and services.

There are many floor sizes and configurations, as well as indoor and outdoor areas available.

For a full break down of available options, see here Register to Exhibit over here All you need to know about exhibiting at INDABA 2014 is here


HOTT3D Conceptual Design for Hylton Ross:

We created a concept for Hylton Ross and Ikapa for Travel Indaba 2013, which is held annually in Durban, South Africa.

Hylton Ross and Ikapa will exhibit under one banner for the first time so the brief was to create an exhibit that highlighted both brands under 1 stand space.

This design is full custom using duco sprayed backwall panels, Laser cut Southern African country maps haloed with LED lighting, custom reception and meeting desks and a massive overhead rigg to cover the entire stand space. This rigg in particular designed to be strongly branded both inside and out as well as a mechanism to suspend strip lighting to the global illumination of the exhibit.

Our intention was to move away from the clichéd finishes traditionally used at Travel Indaba and towards a more slick, clean, European styled exhibit that provides a highly professional platform for company representatives to meet with prospective and existing clients.


HOTT3D design, manufacturer 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.

View our Exhibition Stand options here

HOTT3D at the Mining Indaba 2013 – SHELL & DELOITTES

HOTT3D at the Mining Indaba 2013 – SHELL & DELOITTES

Indaba 2013 – SHELL & DELOITTES

The HOTT3D team were commissioned by Shell and Deloitte to create a corporate platform for their exhibits at Mining Indaba 2013. Work began on these designs well before the end of 2012 due to the proximity of the event to the start of the new year. The late release of the final floorplan by the organizers meant a redesign of Shell in the new year.

Both booths were full custom exhibition designs. Both stands utilized interactive features such as iPad kiosks for data capturing. Shell made use of a racing simulator, which proved very popular to the visiting delegates. Who doesn’t want to see their name at the top of the Top Gear Leaderboard?!

Its not often we have to work with such small spaces for custom stands. Deloitte in particular was a 3m x 1.5m space…just goes to show how much can be done in a small space.

All in all both exhibits turned out fantastic with 2 very happy clients (the best kind)

About the mining Indaba:

The Mining Indaba is the focal point of the African Mining Industry. Once a year it allows the biggest stakeholders involved in Africa’s mining sector to interact, conduct business and network.

The 3 days on which the conference and exhibition are held, see over 7 000 participants from more than 100 countries descend on Cape Town’s International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The event is also attended by over 40 African and International Government Delegations (including: Mining Ministers, Leaders of Government and Regulators.) Others who attend include: Over 1 000 international mining exploration and services companies, mining tech companies and heavy machinery & equipment companies. The financial sector of the mining sector is also well represented by investors, analysts and investment firms.

Shell Exhibition Stand - Mining Indaba 2013 (3)






Shell Exhibition Stand - Mining Indaba 2013 (2)


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Mining Indaba Will See over 7500 Delegates in Attendance

Mining Indaba Will See over 7500 Delegates in Attendance

Mining Indaba 2013The Mining Indaba, over the past 19 years and particularly over the past five years, has proven to be a boost for Cape Town’s economy and business owners operating in the Mother City, mayor Patricia De Lille said yesterday in her welcoming speech.

“In the past five years, R336 million was injected in the city’s economy – creating over 3000 direct and indirect jobs, while stimulating and sustaining local businesses,” she explained. De Lille added that recipients included hotels, retailers, and other enterprises – from large companies to medium-size ventures such as B&Bs and tour operators.

Some 20.000 rooms across 40 hotels and guest houses have been booked this year to accommodate some 7500 delegates from 100 countries in total. Some 57% of the delegates this year are from Africa. The other delegates are from Asia (5%), Australia (12%), Europe (18%), North Africa (8%), and South America (0.3%).

Mining Indaba Will See over 7500 Delegates in Attendance

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