One of the big dates in African tourism industry come and gone.
The continent’s largest tourism marketing events took place in South Africa’s Durban Convention Centre from Saturday 10 May to Monday 12 May.
The 2014’s annual International Tourism Indaba saw Round about 13,000 attended the event and of those 400 exhibitors from outside the African continent. The event with strong pan-African focus had high delegation diplomacy representatives from throughout continent.
Many people in South African tourism industry believe that events like Tourism Indaba just reinforce the already good unofficial bilateral terms between South Africa and other African countries. They are basing this claim from the fact that two-thirds of all tourists to South Africa came from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, followed by those from overseas at 28% and about 2% from other countries on the continent.
One of key African International Coalition of Tourism Partners founding member Seychelles was among the notable countries who’ve attended the inaugural Tourism Trade Fair Ministerial Session of Tourism Indaba on. This new invention event (under the theme “Africa: Open for Tourism Business.) soul purpose is to provide a mutaul dialogue platform for all the tourism stakeholders in the African continent. Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange. He called for more serious tourism collaboration among African countries.”It is high time for Africa to work with Africa,” said St.Ange.
The pleased Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Thulani Nzima expects to see more tourism growth and collaborations among African countries “We look forward to near-full African representation on the exhibition floor in the medium term.“
While closing the event event the South Africa Minister of Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk applauded the tourism industry’s immense economical contribution during South Africa’s twenty years of democracy. Minister Van Schalkwyk also praised fellow African country and the global community undivided persisted support and collaboration through tourism industry. He concluded by saying “This sector can only excel if we all value and understand the nature of the relationship between government and the private sector – and that includes big business as well as small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.”
Other African countries who attended the event include the likes of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, the DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Réunion, the Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe etc.
Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voices, South Africa
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