Durban gets ready to welcome delegates for Travel Indaba 2018

Durban’s tourism sector has geared up to welcome more than 6,000 delegates to Travel Indaba 2018, Africa’s top travel trade show. The annual event (which the city tendered for and won last year) will be held in Durban for the next five years and each year the benefits are more widely felt.
“We are excited as KwaZuluNatal to host Africa’s Travel Indaba for the 27th consecutive year. This tourism showpiece has brought major spin-offs for the tourism industry and associated businesses, big and small, in KwaZulu-Natal. We expect this year’s three-day show to inject to KwaZulu-Natal’s GDP a whopping R89 million,” says Sihle Zikalala, MEC, Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental affairs.
“One of the strategic thrusts for Africa’s Travel Indaba going forward was to ensure that the
platform drives more local jobs and opportunities and we know that this has been achieved with
our committed partners and service providers,” says Sisa Ntshona, CEO, South African Tourism.
The theme for this year’s show is about telling African success stories, and a big part of this will
be celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with the tourism delegates from all over
the continent and the world. The show will also be used to launch the improved Mandela Journey
App which has been especially updated in celebration of the centenary year.
The exhibition will be held from May 8-10 at the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre.