South African President Jacob Zuma has announced that Durban will host African Travel Indaba for the next five years.
He said this while officially opening the 2017 Africa Travel Indaba where 21 African Countries are exhibiting what they offer in terms of tourism.
The City of Durban did bid with other aspiring cities and was successful.
Zuma congratulated Durban saying, “I trust the City will continue utilizing this platform in a strategic way to expose more hidden local-owned offerings through this Indaba. It is the largest tourism marketing platform on the African calendar which facilitates the clinching of good business deals.”
Africa Travel indaba is a platform for Africans to host international buyers and exhibit what they can offer in the tourism sector.
Durban will host the event in the next five years with an option to extend it when that term expires.
Tanya Abrahamse, Chairperson of the South African Tourism Board who were choosing the winner among the bidders also congratulated Durban. Abrahamse said,”We would like to thank all the bidding tourism authorities for their submissions, and congratulate the province of KwaZulu-Natal on winning the right to host Africa’s largest and most prestigious travel exhibition. We look forward to building on a strong partnership with Durban and KwaZulu-Natal to reinforce Africa Travel Indaba’s status as a premier African trade show committed to promoting and growing tourism on the continent.”
Some international visitors come to attend the event and later return on their leisure tourism.
Hosting the event will boost the country’s tourism sector. This year over 7,000 delegates are attending the event.