Durban is fast emerging as a venue of choice for all MICE-led events, promising a winning combination of large convention centres and diverse experiences across wildlife, adventure as well as attractions for shopping and nightlife. This was further reinstated with the city being named as the host city for Africa’s Travel Indaba for the next five years.
Africa’s Travel INDABA 2017 boasts large numbers of delegates, tourism industry decision-makers from all over the world and excellent year-on-year growth in numbers. The event drew the presence of President Jacob Zuma who announced at the inauguration that following a comprehensive bid process, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban had been awarded as the annual event’s venue for the next five years.
KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala said, “We are thrilled that the province has won the bid to host INDABA for the next five years. This will give us an opportunity to further invest in the show and ensure that it continues to grow, thereby increasing its contribution to the province’s GDP. Furthermore, it will allow us the opportunity to engage tour operators to partner with us in growing intra-African travel into KwaZulu-Natal.”
Phillip Sithole, Acting Deputy City Manager, eThekwini and Head of Durban Tourism, said, “It is evident that robust engagements need to take place between the public and private sector to grow tourism together. We look forward to the innovation and transformation of Africa’s Travel INDABA over the next five years.”
Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager– India, South African Tourism, said, “It is great that Durban has been awarded INDABA for the next five years. As a destination Durban has lots of potential for the Indian market. It is excellent that we will have the chance to continue to showcase Durban to the Indian travel trade through the INDABA platform. We hope that it will cement their belief in the city’s tourism potential and help Durban enjoy recall value among travel.”