PREPARATIONS for this year’s edition of the annual Africa’s Travel Indaba slated for Durban, South Africa from the 8th to the 10th of May are at an advanced stage with organisers optimistic that it would be an overwhelming success.
Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar, also celebrated as one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.
The event sets the stage for the showcasing of a wide variety of Southern Africa’s most outstanding tourism products and services for the international travel trade thereby attracting international buyers and media from across the world.
Organisers of the event, Synergy Business Events are positive that the number of this year’s exhibitors will surpass the 1078 recorded last year as various tourism players jostle to make their products and services known. Those wishing to exhibit will have to apply to South African tourism, the indaba’s owners.
“All applications will go through a selection process. South African Tourism appoints a Selection Committee, comprising of industry representatives and provincial authorities, to review and accredit applications received,” read a statement on the official Travel Indaba website.
“This is to ensure fair and equal representation of the many tourism products offered by our country,” read the statement in part. Various centres in Durban will play host to different exhibitions. Exhibitors at the Durban Exhibition Centre include, provincial authorities, provincial products and African Countries.
In the International Convention Centre, exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, luxury products, Hidden Gems, media publications and industry associations.
Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.
Tourism experts said exhibitors will enhance chances of striking lucrative deals as well as interacting and networking with potential clients by showcasing their products and services at the indaba.
Africa’s Travel Indaba currently holds the Africa’s best travel and tourism show award presented by the Association of World Travel Awards.