More than 1 000 exhibitors and 1 500 buyers attended Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, held at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 2 to 4 May. Among them were a number of Flow clients, each with different goals in mind for the three-day event.
In his opening speech, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom asked whether South Africa was ready to welcome a projected 21-million international tourists by 2030.
The World Tourism Organisation, the United Nations agency that promotes responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism, predicts that Africa will increase its tourism share from the current 5% to 7% of all global arrivals. This would equate to 126-million arrivals, almost twice as many tourists as the continent currently sees.
The theme for this year’s Indaba, “Africa’s Stories, Your Success”, highlights the importance of being able to share our own stories with the world. “Too often, the real stories of Africa are not told and not heard,” said Hanekom.
Flow clients Harties Cableway, Rhulani Safari Lodge, MalaMala Game Reserve, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, Maropeng and Gautrain all attended Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019.