March 2024, Johannesburg: The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) hosted its highly anticipated ROAR Awards ceremony on 29 February 2024 at presenting venue sponsor Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, honouring outstanding achievements in the exhibition industry.

The event brought together industry leaders, innovators, and stakeholders to celebrate excellence and recognise the remarkable contributions made by individuals and organisations in the field.

The ROAR Awards, now in its 5th edition, continues to serve as a prestigious platform that acknowledges excellence, innovation, and professionalism within the African exhibition industry; and this year’s awards saw an unprecedented level of participation and competition, highlighting the industry’s resilience and commitment to delivering exceptional experiences despite challenging times.

After careful consideration by an esteemed panel of judges, including Irene Costa, Lia Marus. Sello Ramasepele, Antonio Brito, Jennifer Potter and Martha Geyser, the winners across various categories were announced, showcasing excellence in different aspects of exhibition management, design, marketing, and service delivery.

Among the highlights of the evening were the following award categories and winners:

Best Trade Exhibition Under 6000m2
Certificate of Excellence in Marketing and PR went to Propak Cape by Specialised Exhibitions,
Certificate of Excellence in Operations went to Angola Oil & Power by Energy Capital & Power and the category award winner was Securex by Specialised Exhibitions

Best Trade Exhibition Over 6000m2
Certificate of Excellence went to went to Big 5 Construct Southern Africa by dmg events and the award went to Enlit Africa by VUKA Group

Best Consumer Exhibition Over 6000m2
Comic Con Africa by Mogull Media

Best Trade and Consumer Exhibition Under 6000m2
Certificate of Excellence went to Fame Week Africa by RX Africa and the award went to Decorex Cape Town by RX Africa

Best Trade and Consumer Exhibition Over 6000m2
Certificate of Excellence went to Rand Show by Dogan and the award went to Decorex Johannesburg by RX Africa

Exhibition Stand of the Year
Certificate of Excellence awarded to House of Task by House of Task and the Best Stand Build was awarded to Console Connect by Scan Display

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
• Tiisetso Tau, Managing Director of Synergy Business Events
• Devi Paulsen-Abbott, Chairperson of Association of African Exhibition Organisers and CEO of Energy Capital & Power
• Justin Hawes, Managing Director at Scan Display
• Projeni Pather, immediate past-Chair of Association of African Exhibition Organisers and Managing Director of Exposure Marketing

Service Supplier of the Year
Certificate of Excellence went to Expo Guys and the winner for best supplier was GL Events

Best Social Media Campaign
Mogull Media for Comic Con Africa

Best SA Launch Event
Mogull Media by Comic Con Africa

Best Digital Campaign
Fame Week Africa by RX Africa

Best PR Campaign
RX Africa PR Team – Decorex

Best Venue
Gallagher Convention Centre

Most Promising Rising Star / Young Professional
Boitumelo Pooe, Scan Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The ROAR Awards not only recognise excellence but also inspire industry professionals to continuously innovate and elevate standards within the exhibition sector. As the industry evolves, these awards serve as a benchmark for excellence and a testament to the collective dedication, resilience and talent within the African exhibition community. Congratulations to the winners who have not only excelled but have become beacons of inspiration, shaping the narrative of excellence in the African exhibition community,” says Devi Paulsen-Abbott, Chairperson of AAXO.

For more information about the AAXO ROAR Awards and a full list of winners, please visit www.aaxo.co.za.