In an online poll conducted by Chisla Associates, in which over 5000 stakeholders within and outside Nigeria participated. Out of the 8 shortlisted housing and construction events in Lagos and Abuja, 70% of the participants voted the Abuja International Housing Show as the best housing event of 2018.
Most of them based the votes on the following; Sales made during and after the event, the quality of personalities that attended, the organisation of the event among others.
According to one of the participants, ‘’sales were made at the stands, some exhibitors made sales worth millions of Naira. A lot of participants also got job opportunities’’. One of the foreign exhibitors’ said ‘’my participation in the show has made my plumbing products available everywhere in Nigeria’’.
it has also become a neutral platform for professionals in the construction and housing industry to meet and exchange ideas,: just as some of the voters said that the platform belong to everybody and also belong to nobody.it is on record that some professionals bodies who took stands benefited in using the platform to educate the public about their profession.
The economic impact of the event on the Federal Capital Territory, cannot be overemphasised. From hotel patronage to patronage of restaurants and lounges, printing of materials, and spin-offs of various business during the event has added value to the federal capital Territory, since most of the participants are drawn from the 36 states of the federation and over 21 countries.
One of the voters called on the organisers of the show to commence hosting of one day training for representatives of exhibitors, as he observed that some of them did not show skill in following up some of the prospective clients. Another voter called on the government to be using the platform to launch programmes and policies on housing since the crowd in the annual show cannot be found in any other event in Nigeria.
About 65% of the voters acknowledged that the event showcases innovative developments in the housing industry, while 55% of the voters particularly hailed the organisers efforts on the quality of paper presentations from experts and leading names in the industry, from various parts of the world.
One of the participants of the online poll said the Abuja International Housing Show is an opportunity for those working in housing to establish methods by which tangible change can be effected to not only produce better buildings but better serve our cities as well.
A participant who has been a regular visitor to the Abuja International Housing Show noted that business should not be an excuse to isolate yourself, but an avenue to meet an know new people. All work and no play can get old fast, in the sense that event can add a layer of enjoyment to managing your career growth by mixing a social aspect into your business efforts.
Other participants of the online poll hailed the organisers for the platform it provides for participants to network and learn. They insisted that no matter how experienced you are at your business, everyone can learn. Working in a small business venture can often be isolating, and without exposure to a variety of points of view, people can miss new ideas and trends that can impact future results.
The educational aspect of the Abuja International Housing Show can expose you to new ways of conducting your real estate or construction business, and help you discover how to be more productive.
The 13th Edition of the show is scheduled to hold from July 17th to 20th, 2019, with the theme: Driving sustainable Housing Finance Models In the midst of Global Uncertainty. For video clips and pictures of previous events visit www.abujainternationalhousingshow