Computer Faire 2008 has defied the gloomy economic outlook in South Africa, with visitors flocking to the industry's oldest and best-known ICTE (information & communications technology & electronics) show being held this week at Sandton Convention Centre.
By the end of the first day, visitors numbers were well up on last year's show and total visitors for the week look well set to surpass last year's.
Exhibition organiser Linda Kruger says visitor numbers compare favourable with attendance in 2007, and exhibitors are pleased with the exposure.
"The show may be in only one hall, but there are more than 130 exhibitors so visitors have got a lot to see," she says.
"There are any number of innovative and exciting products on show – visitors need to make sure they visit everyone."
While many exhibitors are on the show to promote or selll their products, some – especially the international exhibitors – are looking to partner with South African companies. And a number of partnerships are budding.
"There is a great vibe in the hall and the exhibitors seem to be happy with the show," says Kruger. "We've had a number of enquiries about next year, which is always a good sign."