Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Botswana’s first Builders Expo slated for Airport Junction Shopping Centre

The trendy Airport Junction Shopping Centre in Gaborone will next week play host to the first Builders Expo that is expected to create a networking platform for suppliers and contractors while at the same time present a one-stop-shop to the consumers.

The expo to be held annually and powered by PPC Cement will have about 120 exhibitors and will be graced by large people from government, parastatals and private sector.

A Director at the Builders Expo, Christian Maisva said they have compiled what he calls the largest convergence of building suppliers and services to the four day event.

“There will be a contractors’ summit that will talk about sticking issues in construction and where the industry is going in the next five years,” stated Maisva.

It is hoped that the Airport Junction Builder’s Expo will benefit both the consumer and exhibitor, the organizers said.

For the exhibitor, the expo is designed to improve brand exposure for all industry brands represented by allowing all exhibitors to have a more interactive engagement with their customers.

It will also provide a unique opportunity for exhibitors to get first hand feedback on their products and services from our local market at the sametime providing a great platform for industry networking and exchange of ideas.

Equally, the Builder’s Expo provides an opportunity to experience, appreciate, compare and buy into the products and services offered at the show. It also allows the consumer the convenience of exploring options for all their construction requirements in one location.

It will also provide them with a one stop shop and ‘gives them affordable shopping’ and also afford them comprehensive profiling.

Airport Junction Shopping Centre, which has created itself as a niche for hosting events that attract a number of people, said the expo will give them the opportunity to market the centre and also bring business for their tenants.

According to the organisers, the first day of the expo will be the media day where the press will get to appreciate the event and meet with exhibitors first hand. It will be industry networking and closed to the public.

Maisva said the second day will be an official opening by the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Johnny Swartz and this is the day when the PPC Construction Summit will also be held.

The minister will do the walk about and exhibitors will be allowed to invite 10 VIP guests “who are the people that make the industry work”.

Then Saturday will be the first public day and already 10, 000 tickets have either sold or given out through competitions. It will close on Sunday. “The lure to the public is discounted shopping,” added Maisva.

Airport Junction Shopping Centre, which has created itself as a niche for hosting events that attract a number of people, said the expo will give them the opportunity to market the centre and also bring business for their tenants.

“We want to beef up the name of mall as the trendy mall in town,” Marketing Officer at the Airport Junction and Khumo Property, Ndumiso Kgosikhumo told the media.

The centre has also in the past held the annual Airport Junction Mall Extreme Auto Show & Spin Fest.

The fully enclosed centre features a wide range of retail options which include fashion, hardware, grocery and furniture stores.

The Airport Junction mall receives over 20 000 visitors each weekend and offers the best shopping experience in Botswana.

With well over 60 stores this Mall offers world class departmental, restaurants, convenience, banking, computer, cellular, fashion, accessories, home, decor and hardware stores, making it Botswana’s most frequented shopping centre. The expo will be held on the mall’s parking area with a cover charge of P10.

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