South Africa Bike Festival returns to fuel industry growth and dominate the SA motorcycle market in 2017 Kalayami Grand Prix Circuit.
This year saw international media and exhibition company, Clarion Events UK, launch the inaugural and premier South Africa Bike Festival, powered by Discovery Channel, at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Gauteng, adding yet another successful product to their already impressive global motoring portfolio. After two long years of extensive refurbishment, Kyalami reopened its doors to the world of motorcycling for three days of thundering two-wheeled, rip-roaring live action for a fun-fuelled day out for the whole family.
As a launch event, the core industry was delighted and is calling it a “booming success.” Festival organisers announced an impressive 24, 522 visitors, with 88 industry-related exhibitors, 16 motorcycle manufacturers, 13 of SA’s favourite bands/musicians and 21 hospitality brands and food trucks.
Together with headline media partner, Discovery Channel, and festival sponsors Tiger Wheel & Tyre, ABI, SAB, CARTRACK, Sun International, The Star Motoring, Michelin, Dunlop, Tissot and Monster Energy, South Africa Bike Festival welcomed visitors with the combined intention to ensure the festival becomes THE MUST ATTEND annual motorcycle showcase in Southern Africa for decades to come. This objective has been met with over 50% of the existing manufacturers and exhibitors already securing their participation for 2017 with dates announced as the same weekend next year, Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 May.
According to Toby Venter CEO, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre, “Our three year agreement from 2017 with Clarion Events, to stage South Africa Bike Festival at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, continues to build on the success we saw with the inaugural event held earlier this year. We look forward to growing a long term partnership with the Clarion Motoring team to progress live event opportunities for the industry and public in South Africa.”
Extensive research was conducted to profile the festival visitors using online surveys and at-event questionnaires. An independent research team from Tourism Research in Economic Environs & Society (TREES) concluded that the majority of respondents were in their late thirties, 67% of which were male, 22% were from outside Gauteng and over 68% attended with children under the age of twelve. It was particularly noted that visitor numbers were above average in the growing segments of the market including women, families, the emerging market and young professionals.
One of the many reasons for attending the festival was to enjoy a fun day out with the family, and for 15%, their main priority was about capitalizing on festival discounts, special offers and browsing for a new motorbike or scooter to purchase. 39% of respondents bought merchandise at the festival and 12% of survey participants bought a new or pre-owned motorcycle at the festival or in the months following. Finally, the majority (97%) of respondents said they intend to visit the festival again in 2017.
Nicole Muller, Festival Director states: “Our long term aim is to create a sustainable, annual and internationally recognized brand that will bring together the veteran riders to casual fans alike in order to encourage and grow the next generation of motorcyclists in Southern Africa. We are delighted that Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit shares our vision and will be the venue partner for the next 3 years on this exciting journey. By building on the partnerships created in 2016, as well as introducing more lifestyle elements, we intend to become South Africa’s annual and premier motorcycle, music and lifestyle festival.”
And with this in mind, Nicole and the core team, gear up for an even bigger and better festival for next year, and are calling all corporate brands and industry related businesses to get in touch to receive a custom sponsorship package to meet their 2017-2018 business objectives.
There are many interactive motorcycle and lifestyle related activities planned, which offer brands the opportunity to connect with this new and attentive South Africa Bike Festival audience as it corners into its second year. Unlike all other forms of advertising, live events are the only medium where visitors have deliberately chosen and paid to see the brands. This is the time when engagement ignites and there are only THREE days next year to meet thousands of consumers looking to try, test, ride and buy!
Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the next generation of motorcycling in Southern Africa!
Agency heads, Marketing and Brand Managers can contact the team today via the festival website www.southafricabikefestival.com
Testimonials from participating exhibitors, media and event sponsors;
“The event looked great. Congratulations to you and the team on the massive success in its inaugural year. Here’s looking forward to 2017.” – Adam Jones, Global Marketing Manager, Emerging Business, Discovery Channel
“The show was a huge success for Old School Leather Jackets, we believe it put us on the map!” – Jenna-Lee Backo, Owner
“We had an amazing experience dealing with everyone from Clarion Events and we look forward to growing the show as event partners for years to come.” – Riaan Neveling, Marketing Manager, KTM SA
“This type of show has been long overdue, we could not believe how many people did not know our company and we have been around for 20 years.” – Phil Beckett, Owner, 2M Sportrailers
“South Africa Bike Festival was a great success considering it was the first time in South Africa. It will definitely be a success in 2017 and I cannot wait to see the successful rewards that will come from the event.” – Miguel, Marketing Manager, The Swatch Group
“It was wonderful catching up with old clients. Also having our dealers establish new relationships with customers with the intention to turn them into retail sales.” Kibble Jelliman, Kawasaki & SYM
“The crew were very happy with how the shoot came out, so thank you so much for putting everything together and taking us on board at the last minute. The festival was fantastic!” Matthew Jones, Producer, The Man Cave
“It was an absolute pleasure working with you all and well done on your first broadcast! The festival looked great! Hope we can collaborate more in future.” Kirat Lalla, Producer, SABC 2 Morning Live
“The show was world-class, the best ever seen in South Africa. There was a great and positive energy at the show and we hope the excitement translates into renewed bike sales.” – Simon Fourie, Bike SA
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