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SD PREPARES FOR TOURISM INDABA

By Simon Shabangu | 2018-04-17

SWAZILAND will join over twenty countries from the African continent and beyond who will attend the next Tourism Indaba to be held in Durban in the coming four weeks.

Dubbed the world’s biggest African travel trade show the tourist Indaba,  which is hosted by the South African Tourism in collaboration with the KZN Tourism and Durban Tourism attracts scores of exhibitors, buyers and media from all over the world who come together for a common goal of networking and identifying tourist destinations.

There will be products from 21 countries and a bigger selection of small business products. Countries that have so far confirmed their participation in the year’s trade show include Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, DRC, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Others are Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda and Seychelles which is also a member of the East3Route Initiative. Also confirmed are Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All these countries usually bring throngs of industry players who showcase their products,  tourist attractions and destinations.

“With products from 21 countries from Africa and 12 country tourism boards already confirmed as exhibitors for this year’s African Travel Indaba, you will be spoilt for choice with products and services from across the continent. If you’re registered, get onto your online diary now and set up your success story meetings with these amazing African destinations” reads a statement issued by the South African Tourism. The statement continues to say that this year will also be a 100 year celebration for Former President Nelson Mandela.

“Experience Nelson Mandela’s Centenary year with 100 Madiba experiences at this year’s show. South African Tourism will be showcasing their expanded Madiba’s Journey App, which will now feature 100 tourist experiences and make a note to join the opening cocktails on Tuesday May 8” reads the statement in part.

“We will be celebrating small travel businesses, you will find a plethora of stories to tell at this year’s Africa Travel Indaba, including those around Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, this year will be your best story yet, if you want to tell your story, then join one of our panels at the show. Don’t forget to also have a little fun and enjoy one of Durban’s many attractions. It’s a centenary celebration”.

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