Decorex Joburg takes place from 7 to 11 August, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Expected to again attract more than 50,000 visitors, it is Africa's premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.
Carol Weaving, MD of Thebe Exhibitions and Projects, who own Decorex SA, is extremely proud that Decorex Joburg has continued to grow in size and authority despite increasing competition in their exhibition market.
"With our legacy of hosting some of the top home décor and design brands to exhibit at Decorex Joburg, this exhibition remains the most prestigious lifestyle event on Gauteng's calendar - even attracting international visitors."
Weaving has hinted at a possible international link for Thebe Exhibitions and Projects, which would mean even greater things for Decorex SA in the years ahead.
The first Decorex Joburg exhibition, launched by Nicola Hatfield in 1994, featured 144 exhibitors in just one hall at Gallagher Convention Centre. The exhibition was bought by Thebe (formerly South Africa RAI) five years later and 15 years on, Thebe has grown Decorex Joburg into the continent's largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition that now spans more than six halls with over 700 exhibitors. Last year Decorex Joburg attracted more than 50,000 visitors.
"It is important that we pay tribute to the Thebe Exhibitions team who have contributed to the leading position Decorex SA holds today," said Carol Weaving.
"It is the committed individuals like former Portfolio Manager, Melanie Robinson, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, head of our business development, Angela Chatfield General Manager of Sales, and Sian Steyn, Portfolio General Manager, who have all contributed to driven the growth and development of the Decorex SA powerhouse."
"We are also grateful to all our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors who have contributed to the reputation of this remarkable South African brand," said Weaving.
She added that Decorex SA has been a successful brand because it has not only grown with its market but gained status as the market leader within the exhibition industry. As the demands, needs and interests of consumers have changed, so too has Decorex SA. "Over the past 20 years, we have developed various innovative pavilions, catering to the needs of both our exhibitors and our visitors."
Pavilions at Decorex Joburg now include Kitchens and Bathrooms, District Delicious - the gourmet food and wine pavilion, a Greening pavilion featuring environmentally friendly products, Dream Rooms featuring top decorators and designers, Décor Accessories and Furniture, the Craft Collective pavilion featuring the best of South Africa's handmade design, a Global Trade Pavilion as well as an Art Gallery.
Sian Steyn, Portfolio General Manager at Decorex SA, says her team is exploring future growth opportunities in the outdoor living sector, an expanded international pavilion as well as an exciting co-located pure design exhibition that will be launched later this year.
"We are also aware of the increasing importance that Decorex SA plays in the lives and businesses of our trade visitors. We have seen a steady growth in our South African and African Trade visitor base. Decorex SA aims to add immense value to the South African décor and design community, by showcasing the latest international and local trends, hosting industry talks and conferences, and offering business networking opportunities," said Sian.
Don't miss Africa's premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Joburg!Decorex Joburg details:
7th - 11th August 2013 (Friday 9th August is a public holiday - Woman's Day)
Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
Times: 10am - 6pm
Tickets: Adults R85, Students/Pensioners R75, Children U12 R10
(tickets can be bought on webtickets.co.za
or at the door)
Trade days: Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August (trade registration on www.decorex.co.za
or at the door)