South Africa Tourism in partnership with KATA recently hosted a Travel and Tourism Workshop in Nairobi, where the Kenyan Travel Trade and South Africa Product Owners (SAPO) were provided with a unique platform to engage and network.
This was in line with a partnership made between KATA and South Africa Tourism, in a bid to promote intra-Africa Travel.
Both the Kenyan travel trade and the South African Product Owners (SAPO) found the event relevant and of value to their businesses.
Ms. Nomcebo Langa, Managing Director at 1000thrills in South Africa, found the event overwhelming and a great platform for South African entrepreneurs to host the Kenyan travel and tourism industry to come and experience what South Africa has to offer. “I need to thank SA Tourism for providing this platform for us to promote our products in Kenya.” She said.
This is the direction Kenyans need to take in terms of creating valuable partnership that will impact travel and tourism and make it sustainable. “I have created very valuable contacts over here and we shall definitely have conversations on business partnership with the SAPO and we shall work in synergy to create packages in both countries that will be of benefit to tourists. We want to tap into intra-africa travel” added Dibblex Lesalon, Director at Qiongozi Expeditions in Kenya.
In an interview with the KATA Travel News, Henry Maburi of Maniago Travel and Cruises Limited in Kenya said, “This is a great event as it is bringing us together with our colleagues in South Africa to be able to partner and be strong as a continent. We can grow our economies through tourism. There is a lot of information that we didn’t have as travel agents and tour operators in Kenya, but we are equipped now. We have got great contacts and we shall definitely engage with them. “
“What we strongly believe is to promote intra-Africa travel, we must see more and more Africans travel to this destinations and see what Africa has to offer. Through this partnership, we hope that South Africa can see the opportunity to bring South Africans to Kenya,” affirms Mr. Nicanor Sabula, CEO at KATA.
“As Kenyan travel agents we shall also benefit from them, because they will now be selling Kenya as a destination, and that I see as a good value. This event will have a great impact to my business because now am more knowledgeable, collected contacts, we shall also go back to the offices and share all the relevant info we have gotten from the event that will be of great benefit.” Mr. Maburi added.
We need to remove the barriers, between the countries in this continent. The process of facilitation of visas takes too long, we strongly believe when we streamline the long process of acquiring the South Africa visas, we shall definitely grow as an industry and country as a whole.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Xolani Shandu of African Wild Travel in South Africa was optimistic that a lot of business will happen between Kenya and South Africa. I found the event very impactful, as already I have had contacts with travel agents who are interested in the packages and products that I have. Tourists have always wanted to visit various places in South Africa but haven’t had the chance to do so because of lack of information. This was a very good event and I am hoping that Kenya Association of Travel Agents and South Africa Tourism will have the same event next year or probably have it annually.”
Jacqueline Nanyu, Managing Director at Lemeiyan Travel in Eldoret mentioned that, “Being a new KATA member, I love the networking opportunities, its giving me great exposure, gaining knowledge of what I need to know in the industry which will see my business steadily grow.”
The travel trade players were able to establish direct linkages among each other which will collectively contribute to the growth of the travel and tourism industry in Africa.
Steve Owire of Seguro Tours and Travel in Kenya says, “I have been able to establish direct linkages with operators in down south, previously I have had to go through other DMCs in Kenya, which means by the time I get a quotation and I put my margin automatically the cost goes up. This is real value addition, and I propose that KATA should do more of such events, not only for South Africa but other African destinations as we strive to promote intra-Africa travel.”
“This is a good contact point for both Kenya and South Africa travel trade and advocate for more partnerships with the travel trade interest in mind.” Says Dennis Murithi of FCM Travel Solutions, Kenya.
“They always say Africa is the next big thing, so having product owners from South Africa and from Kenya work together, they represent Africa. It would be great for other countries in the continent collaborated as one product, we can become the next big thing as people are saying.” Said Ms. Langa.
Eve Lucky Karitu
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