Reminiscing 2019: Successes to build on at the Johannesburg Expo Centre

Dec 11, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

Being crowned as one of South Africa and Joburg’s leading events venues at the PMR Africa Business Awards this year, the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is happy but humble to say: It was a good year. 


Filled with numerous events – from small, intimate functions to largescale events with challenging turnaround times – the JEC has proven that with a dedicated team onboard, nothing is impossible. Even in these challenging economic times, they were able to secure exhibitions, conferences and events that lured old and new visitors to the premises – surprising them with its versatility as always. 


The Toyota Warrior Race kicked off the year in spectacular fashion with a whole lot of adrenaline and adventure. The event catered for some 3000 visitors on the day with lots of excitement going around. The Ultra Music Festival returned for its 6th edition, luring about 20 000 people to the venue’s outdoor festival grounds. They also hosted the City of Joburg for their Awards Ceremony in June, with 5000 visitors attending and the Rose Festival that took place in August had an attendance similar in size. In addition to these, other highlights were of course the annual Rand Show, ProPak Africa, the Gauteng Youth Expo, the Classic Car Show, Automechanika, China Home Life and the SATDU Conference. These leading events were attended by multiple government delegates and even President Ramaphosa graced the venue with his presence during the SATDU conference. The level of delegates proves the JEC’s ability in hosting high priority events. 

Did you know? 

The Johannesburg Expo Centre has a lake on which you can do outdoor displays, a registered helicopter landing site, a drift track, a 4×4 demonstration track and even a monorail which runs for 1000m – 1200m around the expo centre. 

November was filled with more private functions and events, boasting numerous year-end celebrations, which goes to show that the JEC is not only good for 10 000s of people, but also for more intimate settings. These intimate celebrations will continue, but the venue will also be utilized to its full potential for events like the Classic Car Show, JMPD Pass Out Parade, Hip Hop Music and the EFF’s Elective Conference. 


With the MICE industry always developing and changing – especially with technology playing an increasingly large role in how events are run and Millennials starting to take a stand in the business industry – the Johannesburg Expo Centre is very excited about the new year approaching. In this industry, challenges are what they strive for. 2019 can only be a building block for 2020 and it’s exciting to say the least. 

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