THOUSANDS of players in the African travel and tourism industry have converged at Durban, a coastal city in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province for this year’s Travel Indaba to discuss the future of tourism on the continent.
The King Shaka Airport in Durban was abuzz on Wednesday as thousands of delegates arrived for the three-day event starting today (May 2) to May 4.
Taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, the Indaba is Africa’s leading and longest running travel trade show.
It offers industry players and its stakeholders an opportunity to meet and engage on the challenges and opportunities that affect the advancement of tourism on the continent.
The event showcases the widest variety of the continent’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world.
Indaba not only provides a vital platform for buying and selling of tourism products but also provides a platform for collaboration and dialogue around issues and policies affecting tourism.
Over 7,000 delegates from 80 countries attended last year's event.
SAT fun trip
Prior to the event, South African Tourism hosted more than 20 travel and tour operators and journalists to some of the country’s exciting tour sites.
These include the Muningi Gorge in Cullinan, Gauteng for the thrills of Zip-line, Quad ride, archery and the famous South African braai— grilling meat.
A visit to the Limpopo Province took the team to the Entebeni Game Reserve at the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. The fun trip was crowned with time at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate in Mookopong in the same province for a golf clinic, cable car ride, water park fun and a spa treatment.