Kenya is among the 21 African countries lined up for participation at this year’s Travel Indaba set to take place from Tuesday 8th May to Thursday 10th May at the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

Owned and managed by South African Tourism, Africa’s Travel Indaba has established itself as the world’s leading African tourism trade show. Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts about 7,000 delegates from all over the world. In 2017 more than 1,000 exhibiting businesses from 18 African countries showcased an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1, 500 local and international travel buyers and shared stories with over 700 media platforms. More than 20,000 business meetings were held over the three-day period, making this one of the most successful business platforms for African tourism.

Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South Africa Tourism says that South African Tourism has a vested interest in collaborating and partnering with other countries to create desire and demand for Africa and is part of the 5 in 5 country strategy for growth. “The future success of tourism as an economic driver depends on the presence of policies and continental strategies for trade and investment that meet the needs of the sector and an overall business environment that is conducive to growth. It depends too on the abilities of all players from across the continent to meet, engage and support initiatives and the three-day Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the key places to start that conversation.”

Some of the Kenyan travel agencies headed to Tourism Indaba that we spoke to are looking forward to a great travel show. Francis Ndungu, Tours Manager at Incentive is looking forward for the BONDay so that he can learn about new online solutions available in the market that he can adapt for his company. “I also hope to solicit for new outbound and inbound business for our country and develop key relations with tourism players in South Africa,” he says.  On his Part Patrick Kamanga from Deans Travel in Mombasa hopes he can draw new business as well.

This year, the KATA Weekly Travel News, will be covering the 2018 Africa’s Travel Indaba and will be bringing you stories and more information about the event.

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