2013 Total Kenya Motorshow a Success

The 2013 Total Kenya Motorshow scored an all-time high in performance, quality and  popular appeal.  The event's biggest challenge was finding enough space to accommodate demand for stands and ever-bigger crowds of visitors.

  • All 102 stands were sold, filling every available expo area at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
  • The range of products on display was wider than ever before, from both national and international exhibitors.
  • Attendance over the three days topped 15,000.

Several major manufacturers shipped out complete stand kits from their global exhibition circuits, reflecting the importance now attached to the Kenya event, which is by far the largest and most prestigious exhibition of its kind in middle Africa.  And many local designers matched that benchmark.

Judges assessing the stands in different categories noted an all-round leap forward in the  quality of design, materials, content, animation and service. So did feedback from the public.

Demand from exhibitors was so great that the stand lay-out had to be modified and extended to embrace the main plenary hall, both lower halls, the fountains area, the main plaza, both main lawns, woodland gardens, both the main and VIP driveways, and even the entre upper car park.

For the first time, the organizers secured exclusive use of the lower car park for exhibitors and show visitors to ease congestion, but this area, too, was sometimes overwhelmed.

Show chairman Nawaz Popat, representing the event principals, KMI, said: "More and more Kenya-based companies are increasingly working right across the regional market, and more and more international companies have recognized Kenya’s motorshow as the regional centerpiece. The event's steep growth trend is likely to continue."

Show director Gavin Bennett said: "The KICC is the first choice of exhibitors and visitors, and it is certainly iconic for  presentation of Kenya's prowess to the region and wider world, but it would be nice if there was twice as much space!" He added: "We're going to need lots of imagination and some miracles to meet projected demand in future."

The event's operations manager, Frances Cattermole, confirmed that overall attendance included a good balance of business/trade visitors and motoring families.

The 2013 show was officially opened by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who said the event was a prime illustration of what Kenya is capable of achieving.

The new managing director of log-term title sponsors Total, Ada Eze, said:  "The quality and scale of this event is wonderful to see.  But the best sight of all is the gathering of policy makers and industry and business operations and consumers in one great mutual quest to make life better for each individual by making the country stronger for everybody."

The Total Kenya Motorshow has now been staged more than a dozen times over two decades. Traditionally, any surplus of event income over costs  has been donated to charity or invested in social responsibility programmes. This year's proceeds will be devoted to awarding research scholarships at Kenyan universities, in areas of engineering, social science and economics broadly related to the transport sector. In parallel, the captains of industry will mentor the grant winners.

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