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Conference and Exhibition Venues in South Africa

SouthAfrica.info proving to be a useful site…by far the most comprehensive website for this sort of information They have a full list of conference and exhibition venues in South Africa searchable by venue size, conference size…whatever your requirements are they can find it.  If it’s not there it’s probably not worth going too…ok so that probably a rubbish statement as there are a ton of small wonderful venues around SA that aren’t on here, but probably should be.  However, mostRead More

Snow in Plettenberg Bay

Occasionally we have been known to have some childlike fun at H3D The start of this week saw some heavy snowfall along the entire range of mountains from Cape Town to the Drakensberg. And not being one to pass up an opportunity for juvenile fun we packed up and headed out there. We took an hours drive up to Avontuur above Plettenberg Bay and en route to Uniondale via Prince Alfred’s pass. This road was closed the previous day dueRead More

Pharmaplan at ISAPS 2010

Pharmaplan Aesthetics required a modern outlook for this stand at the BMW pavilion and so we redesigned their existing stand to accommodate top-end finishes such as glass backlit panels, raised graphic flooring, cable suspended glass work surfaces and affect lighting. The entire stand was easily on a par with far bigger pharmaceutical companies that where exhibiting whilst done on a far smaller budget. And being modular the stand is fully reusable for future shows and events. Finishes – reverse printedRead More

Rip off artists in the South African Exhibition Industry

It never ceases to amaze me how many naive companies get ripped off by exhibition companies…and whats worse the offenders keep getting away with it. I have recently heard of exhibiting companies paying 90k and 60k for 2 separate 3m x 2m stands which where complete garbage and can’t have cost the manufacturer more than 10K for each at a push. How do they keep getting away with it. These are the same producers who will ruthlessly steal designs andRead More

Why you should always site visit a exhibition venue

Having just completed 2 exhibits at a woefully inadequate venue I can speak from experience when i say that site visits are invaluable. Its one thing to build in an established exhibition venue such as the Cape Town Convention Centre, but when you are in a remote venue that is not designed for exhibits you take a huge risk when you trust second-hand information. Especially when you have spent a large budget on that exhibit. Too many stand builders outRead More

free large file ftp transfer

It used to be that to get artwork to a printer you had to burn it to disk, drive to the printer and deliver it or get a courier to deliver it. There is a far easier way that for some reason most people just dont know about. Even agencies that produce the artwork seem oblivious. Traditionally I have always used www.yousendit.com It is fast and was the forerunner in this service for many years. They have a very usefulRead More

The use of PVC for Graphics Displays – an argument against

There is definitely a huge variety of graphic displays mechanisms available on the market these days. China is a huge exporter to all countries and there are also a few local “made in SA” manufacturers who produce good quality. The bottom line is 1. All mechanisms come from the same source. Whether you buy from so-and-so printers – they get their mechanisms from the same place that everyone does….and they all tend to be very similar if not from theRead More

exhibiting your brand at exhibitions and trade shows

Exhibitions and trade shows – Tips by HOTT3D Depending on your budget and needs your method of exhibiting yourself will vary…here are a few ways it can be done based on budget which, lets face it tends to supercede your needs most of the time. 1. If you are a really good salesperson – stand on a “soapbox” with a megaphone. This method will in fact work for any exhibitor who is supremely confident and can project confidence in theirRead More

free portable display equipment for your event

Do you have a golf day or large event coming up? You realise you need a literal ton of branding, but budget just does not allow you to buy those 20 teardrops banners or telescopics as well as 10 ground based aframes not to mention 4 gazebos and other similar branding such as rollups and bannerwalls (all quantities just for example purposes) Well now we have a solution for you. We at H3D – Hott3D are going to be carryingRead More