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.

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Exhibition industry remains globally strong

The 13th Global Barometer survey for the first half of 2014 was recently released by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry; it reports that the exhibition industry remains globally strong despite continuing economic challenges across the world.

Conducted in June 2014, UFI’s study was answered by 201 companies from 63 countries. Within South Africa more than half the companies that participated declared that the impact of the “economic crisis” on their business was not yet over, although most anticipated it ending in 2015. While 43 percent of companies globally believed that the “economic crisis” is over.

The outlook remains positive with the majority of companies across all regions declaring turnover increases since 2011. Projections indicate that this is expected to continue in the coming year. In South Africa this year’s survey indicated that 63 percent of participants, 6 out of 10 companies, predict an annual increase in their profits. While operating costs compared to the previous year remained stable.

The “local/national competition from within the exhibition industry”, “state of the national/regional economy” and “internal management challenges”, respectively were considered the three most important business issues globally over the last four years. The issue of “global economic uncertainty” was also reflected as significant.

The survey also revealed that China expected a relative slowdown where a quarter of the respondents, declared an increase of 10 percent of their annual profit for 2014 compared to 52 percent for 2013. Whereas 50 percent of respondents from the USA projected an increase of more than 10 percent of their annual profits in 2014 and 80 percent of respondents anticipated an increase in turnover within the next year.

Earlier this year, UFI’s 12th Global Barometer highlighted growth in the exhibition industry in 2013, despite fears the “economic crisis” was not over yet.

The next UFI Global Barometer Survey will be conducted in December 2014.

The “Crisis Barometer” was developed by UFI, at the beginning of 2009, to assess the impact of the economic decline based on the perceptions of their members. Today, this survey has become the exhibition industry’s Global Barometer bi-annual report drawing on input from UFI members in 83 countries. It includes identical surveys for South Africa conducted by EXSA, the Exhibition and Events Association of Southern Africa, for the USA conducted by SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), for Central and South America by AFIDA (Asociación International de Ferias de America) of their respective members.

EXSA’s general manager, Sue Gannon said that the South African industry is extremely buoyant with major shows coming up in the next quarter highlighting the significant growth of the industry.

Via: bizcommunity

The Coca-Cola dome showcases top international events

When it comes to looking for a location for special events and exhibitions, the has become one of South Africa’s most sought after venues, and has also become a favourite for international acts and niche artists. The Coca-Cola dome is the ideal venue when planning any entertainment spectacular.
Explaining the ‘attraction’ of the venue, Warren Green, Commercial Manager of the Coca-Cola dome, says, “We are the largest indoor arena in South Africa, with over 11,000 sqm of uninterrupted space, and we boast a roof which is 42.25m high. This means we are capable of accommodating large stage structures. This is often an advantage for many international events who present complex extravagant performances.”The venue boasts flexible seating structures, which means that for each special event, the Coca-Cola dome is able to tailor-make the audience experience. Attie van Wyk, CEO at Big Concerts, says, “We have configured the Coca-Cola dome for anything from 8,000 to 18,000 people.” 

The venue’s pillar-free space ensures that the Coca-Cola dome can accommodate various different types of events. During July the venue hosted the globally successful Disney on Ice skating spectacular for the third successive year. The weight of the Disney on Ice set is a staggering eight tons, the painted backdrop is over 70 metres long, and it includes a castle which is 10.9 metres tall!


The Coca-Cola dome hosted the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Africa Regionals for the first time and we were able to accommodate all their monster gym equipment. For a few days the venue was a home for ring towers, climbing frames and chinning towers and the fittest athletes in the region.

The world-famous DJ Armin Van Buuren’s Intense tour plays at the best venues in the world, and in South Africa the Coca-Cola dome hosted this exclusive live performance. “The fact that we were selected to host this prestigious international concert emphasises that we are a truly versatile venue, capable of managing top acts and unique events,” says Green.

Due to the excellent reputation within the events industry, and backed by an experienced management team, the Coca-Cola dome will be showcasing top international artists to entertain various audiences in Gauteng. This includes The Fray, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kenny G and John Legend. In August we’re going to be celebrating women’s month with two of the biggest neo-soul and R’nB artists – Jaheim and Anthony Hamilton, supported by local group, Mafikizolo.

Don’t forget to check our website for more info on the exciting entertainment lined up for the next few months of 2014. Visit

the Coca Cola dome – Experience. Accessibility. Excellence.

via: Bizcommunity

Exhibiting at AFRICACOM 2014?


AFRICACOM is back in 2014 and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The organisers are expecting a record number of delegates from around the world, making AfricaCom, Africa’s premier Telecoms trade show to visit. HOTT3D will be onsite assisting both the organisers and clients with the signage and expo side of AfricaCom 2014.


Dates: 11-13 November 2014

Venue: CTICC Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibitors: +375

Attendees: 9 000

Speakers: +300


Twitter: @AllAboutCom




If you are involved in the digital economy in Africa then this is the event for you:

  • Attended by 9,000 of the smartest, most switched-on digital movers and shakers in Africa
  • Supported by 300+ of the biggest-hitting speakers in the digital world in Africa and beyond
  • Chosen by 375+ of the world’s most innovative, forward-thinking telecom brands to showcase their solutions and services
  • Delivering a value-busting 11 events in 1

AfricaCom – the biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem…



HOTT 3D – Client Exhibition Stands from AfricaCom 2013

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Agenda/Exhibition times:

DAY 1 Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Exhibition Opens: 10.00-18.00

DAY 2 Wednesday 12th November 2014 – Exhibition Opens: 10.00-18.00

  • AfricaCom Awards: Networking reception, gala dinner and after-show party celebrating the achievements of the telecoms, media and ICT market in Africa

DAY 3 Thursday 13th November 2014 – Exhibition Opens: 10.00-17.00

africacom expo

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?

Request a brochure:

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities

Ensure your brand is seen as a market-leader by 8,000 decision-makers attending AfricaCom.

Contact us today to take your place alongside the highest-profile brands in the market.

Jean-Pierre Bird
Exhibition & Sponsorship Sales
  +44 (0) 20 701 75823



View the complete Exhibitor list over here.

Key figures from Africacom 2013:

Africacom 2013


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.


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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