DURBAN, the capital of the KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa, is ready to host the 2017 edition of INDABA. The event takes place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) respectively from Tuesday May 16 to Thursday May 18, 2017.

The President of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Jacob Zuma will officially open the 2017 INDABA at the Durban ICC on the morning of Tuesday 16 May, 2017.

INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. INDABA is owned by South Africa’s tourism marketing and development organization, South African Tourism.

This year exhibitors in the Durban Exhibition Centre will include provincial authorities, provincial products and African Countries. Exhibitor categories in the International Convention Centre will include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.

INDABA has a dedicated following of local and international media who provide extensive coverage of the exhibition for the local and international markets through radio, television, newspaper and dedicated travel publications.

This year, as last year, the West Africa office of South African Tourism is hosting a team of top managers of travel and tour companies as well as leaders of travel and tour associations from Ghana and Nigeria to experience interesting destinations before and after INDABA.

Also being hosted this year is a team of journalists and travel bloggers from Ghana and Nigeria. The objective is to expose the travel trade executives to the many tourism experiences that South Africa offers and for the media to expose same to audiences back home.

Some of the experiences that the team being hosted would have are cultural village visit, picnics, rickshaw rides, boat cruises, Segway tour, power boating, quad biking, horse riding, and many more. Most of these experiences would be had in the KwaZulu Natal Province.

This will be the first INDABA since Mr Sisa Ntshona was appointed by the board as Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism.

Credit: Francis Doku

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