The Tourism INDABA hosts, South African Tourism, and the show’s Bid Parties (KwaZulu-Natal Province, Tourism Kwa Zulu- Natal, City of Durban and the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre) welcome media and trade delegates to Durban for what is set to be an exceptionally productive Tourism INDABA, in celebration of the thriving Pan – African travel and tourism industry.
Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Mr Thulani Nzima, says the organisation’s objective of growing the tourism INDABA to a Pan – African show is gradually being realised. Including South Africa, 24 destinations across Africa will be represented on the tradeshow floor at INDABA 2015.
“South African Tourism welcomes all delegates to INDABA. It is great to have each of them on board as part of the rich and wonderful celebration of a thriving tourism sector. Our intention to make Tourism INDABA a tradeshow that is fully representative and accessible to the continent is coming to fruition. I am grateful to the greater African tourism industry for their tremendous support for this show,” Nzima says.
“The tourism INDABA is poised, now more than ever, to give buyers from around the world access to the widest diversity of African leisure travel products and experiences. Through our various media events, journalists attending INDABA will also have access to the people and the stories that are shaping the Pan – African travel sector. INDABA is the very engine room of tourism growth in Africa and in South Africa.
Mr Ndabo Khoza, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Chief Executive Officer says they are looking forward to a successful tourism INDABA, where the Province will continue to forge stronger relations with their partners both locally and internationally.
“As the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, we are delighted to host the tourism fraternity at our exceptional destination. We are confident that they will once again find the tourism INDABA to be an outstanding business platform to forge relationships that will bear huge dividends for their businesses. We trust that in between their business deals they will take time and explore the province and discover some of the hidden gems that the destination has to offer.
Once again, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal will be hosting its Annual Tourism INDABA breakfast where the organisation will be updating the international media and trade on some of its key developments in the Province,” Khoza says.
Mr Phillip Sithole, Head of Durban Tourism says the tourism INDABA 2015 will contribute an estimated R144 million to the city whilst supporting about 500 jobs.
“We look forward to welcoming no less than 9 000 influential tourism leaders, decision makers and global media to Durban. INDABA is Durban’s opportunity to show the world exceptional tourism infrastructure and capability,” says Mr Sithole.
INDABA 2015 takes place at the Inkosi Albert International Convention Centre in Durban from May 9 to 11 2015. For more information, follow #INDABA2015 on Twitter and visit www.indaba-southafrica.co.za