10 May 2013

INDABA fever hits Durban

It’s INDABA time in Durban, and the city is pulling out all the stops to welcome visitors to this major event on the tourism calendar.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal The coastline of Durban

INDABA is Africa’s biggest travel and tourism trade show, and takes place from 11 to 14 May in Durban at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre. It promises to be an exciting event.

It is expected that 13 000 international and local delegates will descend on Durban to attend the event, and as always, INDABA promises to deliver.  

The event provides the tourism trade the perfect opportunity to showcase its products and attractions, and also provides a fantastic platform for networking.

The official INDABA calendar is packed with exciting events and workshops. Highlights of INDABA 2013 include the launch of the exciting new Heritage and Culture Pavilion, which celebrates iconic South African attractions such as Table Mountain, the Apartheid Museum, Soweto’s Vilikazi Street and the Kruger National Park, among many others. The Pavilion is a collaboration between South African Tourism, the Moja Heritage Collection and the National Department of Tourism.

The INDABA Travel Bloggers' Conference, taking place on 10 May ahead of the main event, is another highlight. Some of the world’s top travel bloggers have been visiting South Africa as part of the #MeetSouthAfrica blogger tour, during which hundreds of tweets, blogs, images and video have been telling the South African travel story. Also on the INDABA calendar are the speed-marketing sessions, which offer trade the opportunity to make connections between product owners and tourism buyers.

Of course, all eyes will be on the opening ceremony on Saturday evening, where the country’s incredible heritage will be celebrated through music, song, dance and storytelling.

Many international buyers and media representatives will make use of the opportunity to visit the attractions in and around Durban after INDABA. And, of course, enjoy the very best of the city’s great weather and fascinating culture and heritage.