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Exhibition Industry Unites as AAXO and EXSA Co-Hosts Groundbreaking Awards under Exhibition Industry Alliance

Exhibition Industry Unites as AAXO and EXSA Co-Hosts Groundbreaking Awards under Exhibition Industry Alliance

AAXO (Association of African Exhibition Organisers) and EXSA (Exhibition and Events Association of Southern Africa) just released that they will be  working together once again under the Exhibition Industry Alliance (EIA) banner. These two industry giants will be co-hosting the AAXO ROAR Awards and EXSA-llence Awards at a glamorous gala dinner, dubbed the Exhibition Industry Alliance Awards.

As the exhibition event of the year, this groundbreaking celebration – set to take place on 1 February 2018 – promises to attract the best in the exhibition industry, all under one roof and under one partnership, that of the EIA.

This will mark the second time ever where exhibition organisers, exhibitors and stand builders are represented at industry awards thanks to AAXO’s ROAR Awards. The overarching goal of the ROAR awards is to create a platform for talented and dedicated industry professionals to enjoy: RESPECT for their participation, OPPORTUNITIES to grow their businesses, acknowledgement for their wonderful ACHIEVEMENTS, while taking RESPONSIBILITY for their safe practice and participation in exhibitions.

In addition to a highly-esteemed panel of judges, the EIA Awards also boasts fantastic sponsors. One such sponsor is the TicketPro Dome, who has come onboard to host this spectacular event.

How to Enter the ROAR Awards

Entries are now open and will be accepted in various categories for organisers, exhibitors and stand builders entering on behalf of exhibitors. Award Categories range from various trade exhibition categories to various consumer exhibition, Confex and table top categories. Brand new categories include ‘Social media” and “Africa Bound”.

Organisers simply need to click on the following link to submit their entries for the ROAR Awards:

Likewise, Exhibitors can enter through the Exhibitor portal via the link below:

Carol Weaving, Chairperson of AAXO said, “AAXO’s vision is of a united, credible African exhibition industry. South Africa is one of the biggest exhibition industries in Sub-Saharan Africa and has every potential to compete in the international market. Initiatives such as the ROAR Awards places the key players in the industry in an ideal position for faster growth.”


How to Attend This Glamorous Event

On the back of the ranging success of the first-ever ROAR Awards which took place in conjunction with the EXSA-llence Awards at the beginning of 2017, this EIA Awards Ceremony is much awaited with its reputation of being a glamorous event that attracts all the industry’s high-profile players.

Bookings for EIA Awards where the ROAR Awards and EXSA-llence Awards will take place are now open.  Group bookings for tables of 10 are available from R7250 excluding VAT while individual tickets can be purchased from R775 excluding VAT.

To BOOK NOW, simply visit or email for more.

“We are delighted to, once again, be at the helm of what is set to be a spectacular EIA Awards,” notes Weaving. “As always, AAXO is committed to serving the exhibition industry and our members and associate members as best as possible – the collaboration with EXSA and the hosting of the ROAR Awards is just another example of that.”

For more information on the ROAR Awards, go to or contact Llewellyn du Plessis on

EXSA members can enter the annual EXSA-llence awards by contacting Thuli at

For more information on AAXO, visit or contact Llewellyn du Plessis on 011 549 8300 or at

All membership and associate membership inquiries, including a full list of membership benefits and information on how to join can be directed to