The Thebe Exhibitions and Events Group reaped no less than three awards at last night's Exhibition Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) 2006 exhibition and stand awards ceremony.
The company was awarded for the best trade and consumer exhibition larger than 12 000 m2 for Decorex Johannesburg. For Decorex Cape it won the award as the best trade and consumer exhibition in the category of 6 000 to 12 000 m2.
Meetings Africa, Africa's largest annual marketing platform for the business tourism industry, was awarded as the best trade exhibition in the category smaller than 6 000 m2.
Group Managing Director Carol Weaving says the awards serve as a great motivator to elevate service to both exhibitors and visitors to an even higher level.
"The awards now firmly establish Decorex as Africa's premier design and décor expo and the exhibition of choice in this environment. As one of the leading exhibitions in our stable of 17 titles, the exhibitions for Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are already firmly on track for next year. The One of a Kind exhibition is co-located with Decorex Johannesburg.
"In respect of Meetings Africa, the reward confirms the business tourism industry's trust in the exhibition, which will again take place in Johannesburg from 28 February to 1 March 2007.
"Attended by nearly 3 000 visitors this year, more than 90 percent of exhibitors have indicated that they will return in 2007 and there is huge interest from first-time exhibitors, also from the rest of the continent.
"The one-stop shop for, among others, meeting planners, event organisers and incentive travel professionals, Meetings Africa is truly to business tourism what SA Tourism's annual Indaba in Durban is to leisure tourism."
Weaving thanked Thebe's business partners like the convention centres in Sandton, Durban and Cape Town and Gallagher Estate in Midrand for their excellent cooperation.
"The cooperation of exhibition venues plays a major role in staging a successful exhibition. Our partners are truly part of the one-stop-exhibition experience," she said.