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May 22, 2017
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Wins Bid to Host Africa’s Travel Indaba Until 2022


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Whoops and cheers greeted the announcement of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal as the successful bidder to host the newly rebranded Africa’s Travel Indaba for the next five years.

President Jacob Zuma announced that the province had successfully bid to host the annual travel trade show at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 2018 to 2022, with an option to extend the hosting agreement for another five years.

The decision was announced by the South African Tourism board following a comprehensive bidding process that started with provinces being invited to submit expressions of interest to host the event.

Sihle Zikalala, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, welcomed yesterday’s announcement, saying: “We are very excited as KwaZulu-Natal to have been given the opportunity to continue hosting Indaba. To us, Indaba means a lot – it helps us sell the province and injects millions into our provincial economy.

“We have already hosted Indaba for more than 25 years, and to be given the chance to continue hosting it is a sign of confidence in our ability. We will not disappoint, but will ensure that it continues to grow to even greater heights.”

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede also welcomed the decision. “Over the years, the Indaba has become synonymous with Durban and we could not imagine it anywhere else. We are humbled that the government has recognised our efforts and promise over the next five years to raise the bar, so much so that Durban will become the permanent home to the Indaba.”

 


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