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Africa’s Travel 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. Sola Media brings you the Daily News at Africa's Travel Indaba 2019.

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2 DAILY
MAY NEWS
2019

WAEFLRCIOCMAE T’SO TRAVEL INDABA!

A frica’s Travel Indaba opens its “As you will observe at Africa’s Travel continent’s tourism narrative with their avenues to prosperity for all concerned.”
doors wide to welcome visitors, Indaba 2019, our continent overflows game-changing ideas. You can find many KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic
exhibitors, delegates and with a wealth of untapped and under- of them in our Hidden Gems pavilion
high-quality buyers from the exposed tourism experiences just waiting and Sustainability Village – prepare to be Development, Tourism and Environmental
African continent and across the world. to be snapped up and packaged. The comprehensively impressed. Equally, our Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala says the
tourism opportunities are as vast as Lap of Luxury pavilion will dazzle you with continental premier tourism and travel
The global travel industry has grown the wide-open African savannah and as its array of high-end five-star products. show has become a pilgrimage for many
in leaps and bounds, with international distinctive as the sunsets that adorn our stakeholders in the tourism industry
tourist arrivals reaching 1.4 billion two skies at night,” says SA Tourism Acting “As global travellers seek out authentic inclusive of exhibitors, travel agents, tour
years ahead of forecasts in 2018. African CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini. “In particular, immersive experiences that leave them operators, airline representatives. “This is
travel grew by 7%, above the world’s we invite you to explore and engage with with indelible memories of extraordinary because it serves as a platform to sample
average of 3.7%, confirming that the some of our innovative small businesses encounters, we look forward to sharing various tourism products that this region
sector is one of the most powerful drivers that are re-shaping and re-inventing our with you the African travel stories that will and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal could
of economic growth and development. ignite the imagination and open up new offer to the world,” he adds. He explains
that it was government’s goal for KwaZulu-
Natal and the coastal City of Durban to
become the permanent seat for Africa’s
Travel Indaba. “It is therefore crucial that
African states work closely in consolidating

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Providing exceptional customer service SCHEDULEAFRICA’S TRAVEL
remains the heartbeat of the Durban
ICC and we strive to ensure that every INDABA
delegate who walks through our five-
star facility has a memorable experience. THURSDAY, 2 MAY 2019
Our aim is to ensure that our clients are
satisfied with our service and go home
with a great story to tell about our
beautiful city.

TIME EVENT VENUE
Meeting Room 22, ICC
08h30 - 10h00 Speed Marketing - Rural and
Scenic Vibe
and strengthening Indaba as their their many extraordinary offerings.
proud avenue to host the world and As South Africa celebrates 25 09h00 - 10h00 INDABA 2019 Official Opening South Foyer, ICC
be able to market their diverse tourism
products and to attract investments years of democracy, Africa’s Travel 10h00 - 12h00 Minister’s Walk-About (Morning) DEC & Walnut Road
essential in repelling poverty and Indaba joins the festivities. This
other socio-economic challenges.” significant moment would not have 12h00 - 13h00 Business Conversation Stream South Foyer, ICC
been achieved without the help of 12h00 - 13h00 1: Conservation Lab: Animal ICC Hall 6
“Our international delegates who the rest of the continent, and at this Interactions
will descend on Durban for Africa’s Indaba, let us use the opportunity to Business Conversation Stream
Travel Indaba can look forward to the revel in the many things the continent 2: Africa gearing up for new
Durban ICC’s unique brand of world- of Africa has achieved to date. opportunities
class service and a uniquely warm and
authentic African experience,” says The schedule at the 2019 show 13h00 - 14h00 Lunch Designated Venues
Inkosi Albert Luthuku International is jam-packed with networking
Convention Centre Chief Executive opportunities, the ever-popular 14h00 - 15h00 Media Conference 1 - National South Foyer, ICC
Officer Lindiwe Rakharebe. “Providing speed marketing sessions, the much- 15h00 - 16h00 Tourism Visitor Information South Foyer, ICC
exceptional customer service remains anticipated opening ceremony and 15h00 - 16h00 System Launch ICC Hall 6
the heartbeat of the Durban ICC the subsequent walkabout with the Business Conversation Stream 1:
and we strive to ensure that every South African Minister of Tourism. North America: Markets beyond
delegate who walks through our Enlightening business talks, press African borders
five-star facility has a memorable conferences and activations are also on
experience. Our aim is to ensure the programme. For example, SATSA’s Business Conversation Stream 2:
that our clients are satisfied with our Animal Interactions Project will be Thebe Treks Through Africa
service and go home with a great unpacked in today’s Conservation Lab:
story to tell about our beautiful city.” Animal Interactions, while later on; 16h00 - 17h00 Media Conference 2 - SAA CEO Media Centre
speakers will explore North America: briefing on latest developments
Rakharebe adds that delegates Markets beyond African Borders. Other
visiting the centre will also get to conference streams include Thebe 16h30 - 17h30 Minister’s Walk-About (Afternoon) ICC
experience its superb standards of Treks Through Africa with Africa Brand
culinary excellence and hospitality. Specialist Thebe Ikalafeng, and Africa 18h00 - 22h00 Official Welcome The Globe, Suncoast
Gearing Up For New Opportunities Networking Event Florida Road
A staple on the local and with Euromonitor’s Christelle Chokossa.
international business-events calendar, Also of note are the launch of the 18h00 - 00h00 Florida Road City
Africa’s Travel Indaba has cemented Imvelo Awards, a South African Airways Immersion Experience
its position as the world’s leading briefing on latest developments, and
tourism trade show organised by the launch of a new tech initiative.
Africans and for Africans to showcase

FLORIDA ROAD GET YOUR PIECE
OF THE PIE BY
GOES ABOVE REGISTERING FOR
AND BEYOND TRAVEL WEEK AT
THE SHO’T LEFT
I t’s no surprise that the city’s • Elizabeth Gordon Gallery ACTIVATION NEXT TO
trendiest lifestyle hotspot is joining • Butcher Block THE SOUTH AFRICAN
the party at Africa’s Travel Indaba. • KFC TOURISM STAND
Florida Road and many of its • Vacca Matta
establishments will be offering Africa’s • Next Chapter
Travel Indaba specials, extended • The Charlatan
opening hours, and live entertainment • Trade Mark Tattoos
in their effort to join the ‘We Do • Cappello
Tourism’ revolution.There will be • Dropkick Murphys
shuttles available for delegates to get • Sugarlicious
to Florida Road from their hotels. The • Pizza Hut
shuttle schedule can be found on the • Romano Icecreams
website at www.indaba-southafrica. • LUPA
co.za. Explore the bustling city life that • House of Curries
is Durban’s Florida Road, with fantastic • The Firehouse
deals on offer. Visit these venues to • San Marco Hair
see what specials and programmes • House of Bravo
they have for Africa’s Travel Indaba: • Jack Salmon


04 | AFRICA’S TRAVEL INDABA DAILY NEWS

LGAREUENNSCTAHNEDDAWARDS MARRIOTT

TO OPEN 200 HOTELS
IN AFRICA BY 2023
F or the first time ever, Africa’s to submit a written motivation
Travel Indaba will introduce explaining why their stand is green. M arriott International has Hotel property in Dar es Salaam.
the Green Stand Awards. signed three new deals across “This region continues to present us
These awards pay tribute The assessment includes North and West Africa. This
to exhibitors who go that extra demonstrating knowledge about the includes its first ever property with opportunities to further grow and
“green” mile to build and design greening principles and the practical in Liberia, and new hotels in Ghana and enhance our portfolio across new and
stands that are environmentally implementation thereof. The panel Morocco, testament to its commitment to established markets,” said Jerome Briet,
and socially sustainable. of judges include professionals boost its presence on the continent. This Chief Development Officer, Middle East
Africa’s Travel Indaba recognises with event greening experience brings the tally of properties in Africa to and Africa at Marriott International. “While
the importance of high value-low and independent moderators. a total of 200 hotels by the end of 2023, the majority of our growth will be through
impact tourism, which ties into according to senior officials. The new deals new-builds, we are seeing an increasing
South African Tourism’s promotion The Event Greening Forum are for The St Regis Marrakech Resort in number of conversion opportunities,
of responsible tourism. Chairperson, Greg McManus, says, Morocco, the Residence Inn by Marriott especially in the luxury space.”
SA Tourism has pioneered event “We have been honoured to fulfil Accra Kotoka Airport in Ghana, and the Four
sustainability since 2011, through an advisory role for Meetings Africa Points by Sheraton Monrovia in Liberia. Find Marriott International on the
the South Africa National Convention over the years. The South African According to the 11th annual African show floor at stand ICC1607.
Bureau business events show, Tourism team have always been very Hotel Chain Development Pipeline survey
Meetings Africa. The awards have receptive to our recommendations by W Hospitality Group, Marriott has
been implemented with great success and to adopting new initiatives, opened almost 100 hotels on the continent
at Meetings Africa in recent years and which they have done with great in 2017/18, with a total of 16 000 rooms.
bringing it to Africa’s Travel Indaba results. We are looking forward The company will open 19 hotels across
will start the conversation with to continuing this partnership and the Middle East and Africa region in 2019
exhibitors to consider responsible success with Africa’s Travel Indaba.” alone, adding over 3 000 rooms to the
tourism as a part of their offerings. group’s portfolio. Other hotels include two
The stands are judged against DON’T MISS IT! recent Four Points by Sheraton openings
the Event Greening Forum (EGF) in Sharjah and Setif (Algeria), a Residence
award criteria including design, The Green Stand Awards Inn property in Algiers, a Protea Hotel in
materials, operations, transport, take place at 15h00 on Kampala (Uganda), and the first Elements
communication, beyond green and Friday, 3 May 2019.
innovation. Exhibitors also have

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The route meanders away from the N7 and include small Discover the essence of the province in the heart of The route traverse through the towns of the Northern The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert
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time, this route takes visitors into the core of the floral ancient wisdom, customs and folklore of this ancient Historical Walks, Dronfield Nature Reserve, Ghost river rafting and the best wilderness fly-fishing in South
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drawn to fascinating historical and geological sites in Karoo. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo with The route includes hidden gems like Garies, Named after the indigenous quiver tree, the Kokerboom
and around towns such as Postmasburg, Griquatown, its wide open plains dotted with koppies (hills). Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. Food and Wine Route stretches along the Gariep and
Campbell, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Kathu, Danielskuil The area was named by the Khoi and San people, Dozens of adventure and leisure options are available, includes towns like Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes,
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near Barkly West. Kuruman Eye in Kuruman is a natural largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, the SKA hiking and 4x4 trails imaginable. Go succulent sleuthing as adventure and adrenaline seekers. Highlights include
spring delivering about 20-million litres of clean, clear radio telescopes in Carnarvon, Karoo architecture and with a botanical guide, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie Augrabies Falls, Riemvasmaak hot springs, river rafting,
water daily to Kuruman. Donkey cart ride, great food, corbelled houses, Anglo-Boer War sites, rock art, ancient for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history, enjoy stargazing, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the Orange
and unhurried wining and dining are still a reality at Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and great Karoo cuisine and explore the countless shipwrecks along the coast line or River, numerous 4x4, hiking and MTB trails as well as
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STREET ARTISTS AFRICA’S TRAVEL INDABA DAILY NEWS | 07

CELEBRATED WITH EVER-POPULAR
WALL MURAL
SPEED MARKETING
SESSIONS ARE BACK

S outh African Tourism has says Samora Chapman, one of the artists. O ne of the most popular fixtures Rural and Scenic Speed
partnered with acclaimed Durban “Africa has a rich vibrant history of of Africa’s Travel Indaba Marketing Session:
artists to paint a 22m wall mural are the Speed Marketing
inside the Inkosi Albert Luthuli story-telling and culture narration. The Sessions. Held across all • Budzatja Safari & Tours
International Convention Centre (Durban 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba presents three days, exhibitors have five minutes to • Camping Khapela
ICC). The unveiling takes place today, 2 an opportunity for us to tell the world pitch their service offerings to a room of • Chokka Trail and Baviaans Camino
May, at 10 am on the elevator leading of Africa’s successes,” Dlamini says. potential buyers. The sessions take place • Diamond Castle Route
to the mural, and at the mural itself. at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International • Evo Trak Qaud Safari
Mook Lion Convention Centre (ICC) from the 2nd • Khamkirri
This project is part of a legacy initiative to 4th May 2019. They are scheduled to • Kone Village Boutique Lodge
of SA Tourism. “We know that travellers start at 08:30am and end at 10:00am. • Kwa Maselwane Shisanyama
from all over the world are keen to learn • Le Teranga
about the history and culture of any These fast-paced sessions are • Leisure Holidays
destination they visit. This wall mural is instrumental in fostering relationships • Lengau Travel and Tours
the creative expression of our culture between company owners, as • Leratong Tourism
and beautiful landscapes. It is also a exhibitors showcase their offerings • Maboe Tours and Safari
celebration of South Africa’s talent,” says to around 200 buyers. This year a • Richtersveld Route and Nama
Sthembiso Dlamini Acting Chief Executive wide selection of products is on offer
Officer at South African Tourism. under the following themes: Cultural Heritage Site
• Rural and Scenic • Traditional African Homestays
The wall mural is a representation of • Urban and Luxury Vibe • Uncuthu Tours
KwaZulu-Natal’s lifestyle, showcasing • Safari, Camping and Adventure • Inkosi Tours and Transfers
the culture in the region, from the world • Midvaal Treetop Adventures
famous beaches to showcasing landmarks Local comedian Donovan Goliath will play • Inkhosi Tours & Transfers
that have played a part in promoting the role of MC and entertainer during these • La Teranga Accommodation
the region. The artists painting the sessions. Returning by popular demand,
mural are Samora Chapman, Fiya One, Donovan will keep buyers and exhibitors & Conference Group
Mook Lion and Sphephelo Mnguni. engaged through his light-hearted South • Midvaal Treetop Adventures
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OTON AURFIRSICMAC’ASNEMCAKOE NAOLAMSTINYG IMPACT

What is the tourism sector’s impact, in real terms? Natasha Skoryk finds out from Siyabulela Nyikana, Lecturer in the
University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

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THE HARD FACTS the matter is quite complicated. “Given the withstand challenging economic times transport network is underdeveloped.
varied tourism experiences found across in a way that other industries cannot. A key area also is service.” These sorts
According to the World Travel and different parts of the continent, and the of problems are less pronounced in
Tourism Council’s 2018 report, the economic growth caused by aggressive “People tend to travel even in difficult major cities. Intensive destination
tourism sector accounts for 10.4% of tourism development by many African times for different reasons,” notes Mr marketing also allows for certain
global GDP. It provides 313 million jobs governments, the number of people that Nyikana. “It is just a matter of ensuring areas to be seen as more desirable.
across the world, which equals 9.9% of visit countries like South Africa, Kenya, the correct focus from a planning
total employment figures globally. Clearly Morocco, Botswana, Tunisia, etc. has perspective. For example, in times of off- RESEARCH IS KEY
the sector is massive – but what’s the continued to grow steadily. However, peak tourism for international visitation,
impact on Africa specifically? The report because the different countries experience what do we do to facilitate more domestic Business tourism in Africa has two
found that the tourism sector generated different growth rates, it becomes tourism? Or how do we ensure that major components. While official stats
9 297 000 jobs in 2017 (which is 2.6% important to look at individual or regional during those quieter times we look at focus on the formal, we often neglect
of total employment on the continent). geographic spaces when trying to unpack hosting festivals and events that bring to discuss informal business tourists
This is below the international figures. the impacts therefrom. For example, South people – even if it is for a short stay.” (such as cross-border shoppers and
Fortunately, the sector has projected Africa, Morocco and Rwanda are seen as traders in major inner cities, most
exponential growth in the coming decade. leaders in Africa in terms of MICE tourism. BIG CITY FOCUS especially Johannesburg). Both have
This has resulted in these countries a positive impact on the economy.
GROWTH FORECAST focusing on being event-driven economies.” Business tourism is making most of its
impact on major metropolises. In South To really move forward with the
“There is definitely evidence to suggest THE ROLE OF MICE Africa, it is concentrated in Cape Town, sector, we have to understand how the
that South Africa’s tourism industry is on Pretoria and Johannesburg. Elsewhere African tourism economy differs from
an upward trajectory. This is shown by the In short, South Africa’s tourism growth on the continent, Gaborone, Kampala, researched, developed models. “A big part
constant focus on the industry amongst is largely centred on MICE. While this Lusaka and Nairobi are drawing in large of understanding the impact that tourism
government plans (constantly mentioned is comforting for those of us in the numbers of business tourists. This may has had on the continent is focused
as a pillar from where to develop the business-events industry, it is a concern be due to the infrastructural issues research, which would bring to light
economy), in particular being looked at given how little scholarship exists identified by Mr Nyikana. “Lack of some of the similarities and differences,
as an industry that can drive employment on the topic. One of the reasons for infrastructure is a major challenge for without making assumptions that are
creation for many of South Africa’s focusing on growing tourism is that it can tourism in Africa. For example, it is difficult driven by Western narratives of what the
unemployed youths,” Mr Nyikana says. But to travel to certain places because the impact ‘should’ be,” says Mr Nyikana.


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BRINGING OUR AFRICA TOURISM

HTEHREITAFGUETIUNRTOE LEADERSHIP FORUM
HEADS TO DURBAN

D r Esther Mahlangu (born 11 T he 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership private sector executives including
November 1935) is a South Forum (ATLF) will be hosted by representatives of UNWTO, global hotel
African artist from the Ndebele Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention brands, travel management companies,
nation. She is known for her Bureau from 29-30 August this associations, airline executives, tour
bold, large-scale contemporary paintings year. It is convened by African Tourism operators, researchers and more.
that reference her Ndebele heritage. Partners with the support of its key strategic
Mama Mahlangu was the first person partners including BDO South Africa, Dialogues are centred around the future
to transfer the traditional Ndebele style NEPAD, Africa Travel Associations (ATA) and of visa openness and air connectivity,
of mural painting to canvas. She painted Voyages Afriq. The theme, Stimulating Intra- the impact of MICE tourism on national
her geometric patterns on a BMW 5251 Africa Travel Through Thought Leadership, economies, harnessing the multi-level
in 1991, becoming the twelfth artist and will allow stakeholders throughout the Chinese outbound market, disruptive tech
first woman to take part in the BMW continent to bring exceptional industry innovations, and tourism infrastructure,
Art Car project. She has been honored developments and inspiring stories to among many other topics. The concurrent
with a mural commemorating her bold the table in order to build a sustainable Africa Tourism Leadership Awards recognises
and bright work in New York City. She African travel and tourism sector. the best Africa travel and tourism industry
teamed up with Grammy Award winning change-makers and innovators.
singer and Belvedere Red ambassador As the proud host of ATLF 2019, we
John Legend to raise AIDS awareness. look forward to welcoming all stakeholders The theme, Stimulating
This internationally acclaimed Ndebele from across the continent and the rest Intra-Africa Travel
artist received an honorary doctorate of the world, not only to this innovative Through Thought
from the University of Johannesburg. event but, also to experience what South Leadership, will bring
Africa and our beautiful Province offer exceptional industry
Mama Mahlangu the world. ATLF is an African project that developments and
was the first person we must all be part of and support,” says inspiring stories to
to transfer the Mr Sihle Zikalala, Provincial Minister for the table.
traditional Ndebele Economic Development, Tourism and
style of mural Environmental Affairs in the KwaZulu-Natal.
painting to canvas.
The 2018 ATLF took place in Accra,
Ghana, and was attended by tourism
ministers and over 500 public and


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KZN A NFOERWABRFIDRGICE A

TOP DESTINATION

K waZulu-Natal has long been known Marathon. Over R150 million in economic T he Kazungula Bridge, a transform the dynamics of transportation
as a favoured destination for impact was expected to be generated from 923m long and 16.5m wide in surrounding communities, counties
domestic tourism. In fact, business the aQuelle Midmar Mile alone. “This is one construction, will link Kazungula and cities, boosting road travel and
tourism is worth about R3 billion a of many signature sporting events that are in Zambia to Kasane in the ease of doing business within
year in the province, sustaining almost 24 staged in KwaZulu-Natal that once again Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. the Southern African Development
000 jobs. The region continues to promote puts the spotlight on our facilities and what The bridge will be built at the Zambezi Community, the East African
travel around KZN, and in late April they we can offer as a tourist destination,” said River and Chobe River intersection – Community and the Common Market
launched the all-new KZN Travel Guide MEC for Economic Development, Tourism where Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana for Eastern and Southern Africa.”
app, which is free for download from the and environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala. and Namibia meet. It is scheduled for
App Store and Google Play. It’s the only completion towards the end of 2020. The bridge is projected to create over
app to showcase the province and features Business tourism 1 400 jobs once completed, and has
domestic destinations native to KZN. It is worth about R3 Both a road and rail bridge, it will be already created over 500 jobs through
includes accommodation, things to do, billion a year in the open to the public and will ease tourist the construction project. Initially a project
events, info offices, weather, maps, and more province, sustaining traffic between the four countries. It between Zambia and Botswana, the
– putting KwaZulu-Natal in your pocket. almost 24 000 jobs. will also enhance regional trade and two countries have since incorporated
KZN is also a hot spot for athletes, with integration, for instance, traders and Zimbabwe as an equity partner.
thousands of visitors welcomed to Durban in fishers will be able to abandon their boats
February to participate in the 46th aQuelle for an easier means of travel across the
Midmar Mile and the FNB Dusi Canoe Zambezi. The bridge includes a single-
line railway track, a paved section for
pedestrians to cross, and two border
posts between Botswana and Zambia.

Both the African Union
Commission and the African
Development Bank confirmed
their commitment to the project at
the Programme for Infrastructure
Development in Africa Summit.

“It is obvious that once completed,
the Kazungula Bridge Project will actually
bridge the regional divide,” said Mamady
Souare, Manager for Regional Integration
Operations at the Bank. “The project will


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AA PDAVNOERNATMUARREOUHTUEB

M pumalanga’s scenic Panorama the lift and into the forest below. ICCA APPOINTS
Route will soon have a new The second phase includes a suspension
Adventure Hub that will NEW CEO
give visitors to the area bridge linking the southern side of the gorge,
even more to do! The development where the lift is situated, with the northern T he International Congress and “I am truly honoured to be appointed
is part of the second phase of the side, which houses the Big Swing. A walkway Convention Association (ICCA), for such a prestigious position in one of
Graskop Gorge Lift Co, the first phase will be built around the edge of the gorge as has appointed Senthil Gopinath as the global meetings industry’s leading
of which opened in December 2017. an alternative means of access to either side. their new CEO. This appointment organisations,” he said in a recent
Renowned for its spectacular beauty is the result of a long process of recruitment statement, “ICCA has been a family to
and many natural attractions – such as The Adventure Hub will include a number following the sudden departure of former me for over two decades. I have always
the Sabie, Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac of activities: the lift and forest experience, CEO Martin Sirk in June 2018. Gopinath cherished my involvement with ICCA and
waterfalls, God’s Window, the Blyde River the 70-metre free-fall Big Swing, the 130m had been the Dubai-based Middle East now being at the helm will enable me to
Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the zipline, guided electric bike trails through Regional Director for ICCA for the past listen more closely to our members and
Three Rondawels – the Panorama Route the wonderful scenery on the northern side; three years, and has been involved with key stakeholders, and service them in a
is on the north-eastern section of the walking trails and mountain bike trails. the association for over two decades. In more enhanced manner, making ICCA
Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. his role with ICCA as Regional Director, he more relevant to the global membership.
“While it is an established tourist The Big Swing centre is to be given has grown membership by over 80%. He Together with the ICCA team, we will
destination for domestic and international an overhaul, while additional walkways, also created a private-public partnership work on the transformation of ICCA.”
tourists, few new tourist developments in interpretation boards and seating areas will model for the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau
recent years meant that the area developed be created to expand the existing 600m as its General Manager and CEO during his The appointment is effective
a bit of been-there, seen-that reputation. forest trail at the bottom of the gorge. career, increasing business tourism by 78% immediately and Gopinath will relocate to
Compounding the matter was the scant and driving a 64% increase in revenue. the head office in Amsterdam to better
attention paid to the maintenance of the Inside the property, a casual outdoor serve the global association’s community.
many existing natural attractions by the food area will be created to complement
local authorities,” says Oupa Pilane, one of the Life Café, which serves sit-down meals.
the directors of the Graskop Gorge Lift Co.
The opening of the viewing lift that In its first year,
transports people 51m down into the 128 000 people
gorge for a magical forest experience, visited the site and
brought new life to the region, says Pilane. 63 411 paid to go
In its first year, 128 000 people visited down the lift and into
the site and 63 411 paid to go down the forest below.


With 10 stations and more than 10 supporting
bus routes, step off Gautrain relaxed, into a city of
progress and promise.

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INVESTING IN TECH

CAN ENSURE SURVIVAL

W hen Tourvest first exhibited up to 45% of all travellers are using their placed on the importance of the tourism adopters of beneficial new technologies.
at Africa’s Travel Indaba in mobile devices to do this. So it is clear industry adjusting to the demands of the From a macro perspective, the Fourth
1988, there were just 27 that technology in the tourism industry ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ to remain
exhibitors and 40 buyers. is not a trend but is here to stay. globally competitive. There were calls for Industrial Revolution presents South
Today, Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts around the industry to embrace and become early Africa with the opportunity to create
1 000 exhibitors and 1 500 buyers. Their aim At Meetings Africa 2019, emphasis was and disseminate more commodities to
for being at the event has changed, too. Last international markets, which, in turn, can
year, over 48 000 meetings were scheduled attract tourists to South Africa. In addition,
between buyers and exhibitors, with 20 success will come to those companies who
000 new business leads created. This is understand their customers and who have
mainly thanks to modern communications the lowest cost distributor for commodities.
and technology, which has changed the
face of the tourism industry. No potential However, with all the talk of adopting
customer waits for trade shows. What new tech, a platform such as Africa’s Travel
matters nowadays is brand positioning and Indaba still presents tourism stakeholders
brand equity, both of which require the latest with valuable face-to-face time.
technological and digital assets to get right.
Tourvest is attending its 31st Indaba and
Tourvest, which is the biggest integrated is investing R5 million into the exhibition.
destination management group in the They will bring along around 120 staff
southern hemisphere, is investing R30 members, including junior employees, as
million in technology development in a part of their training and team building.
bid to become bigger, better and faster. With all these resources invested in the
The industry has become more about exhibit, being at Indaba 2019 cannot
marketing and utilising the right digital be measured in monetary terms.
channels. Those companies who can
adopt, understand and adapt will survive. Its true value is in starting new
relationships and building on existing
Driving many of these trends is the ones, which exceeds the tangible cost
millennial generation, now in their twenties benefit. It is an opportunity to engage with
and thirties, who are tech savvy and are colleagues within the industry, clients,
comfortable with using digital resources media and others who passionate about
to facilitate their travel plans. Globally, tourism so as to influence perception.

Written by Martin Wiest, CEO of
Tourvest. Visit their stand at ICC601.

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The crater of a long extinct volcano is the NORTH WEST PARKS
NORTH WEST PARKS BOARD setting for the Pilanesberg National Park, and
is one of the largest volcano complex of its kind Madikwe Game Reserve
in the world. Its rare rock types and structure
make it a unique geological feature. Four A theatre of conservation, a
concentric ridges or ring of hills fringe the area wilderness paradise, Madikwe
– the formation rises from the surrounding Game Reserve.
plains like bubbles.
The 63 000 ha reserve was
Thanks to Operation Genesis (1979), the established in 1991 in one of
largest game translocation ever undertaken the largest translocation of the
in the world at the time, the reserve now has time - Operation Phoenix - when
in excess of 7000 animals. Well known for a total of 10  000 mammals
its rich biodiversity of habitat, colourful hues, were introduced to the park.
and panoramic views, Pilanesberg also offers
visitors a close encounter with lion, leopard, The reserve has an excellent
buffalo, elephant and rhino Africa’s BIG 5. A wide variety of rare and common record of environmental
species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyena as well as management which has
cheetah, tsesebe and crocodile, a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. ensured that the carrying
capacity of the reserve is never
Pilanesberg covers an area of 50 000 hectare and exists within a transition exceeded to the detriment of
zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld vegetation commonly the eco-system as a whole. The Madikwe
referred to as the Bushveld. Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species Game Reserve conservation efforts to
protect the endangered African Wild Dog,
of bird recorded. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous are yielding positive results. The reserve has
Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the reserve. a thriving wild dog population. The painted
dogs being somewhat accustomed to the
Visitors are offered many opportunities to experience the wonders of the park safari vehicles offer visitors a spectacular photographic opportunity.
through guided game drives or self-drives, a map guide is available on sale at the
At Madikwe Game Reserve you will experience the African safari
entrance gates. The 200km of good tar and gravel roads transverse the park adventure where you will be taken to the heart of a pristine environment
and are driveable by ordinary sedan. Hiking trails, dawn and sunset game drives to witness the interaction of the many species, including the African Big
in open safari vehicles and early morning balloon safaris are available and can 5,other plains species such as the cheetah, hippo and the spotted and
be booked with specialist operators. brown hyenas and more than 300 bird species.

Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the visitor to enjoy an ‘out-of- Madikwe is a low density tourism facility offering fully catered accommodation
car’ experience. A shop and restaurant are centrally located in the park. Curios at several luxury lodges within the reserve, and is not open to day visitors. Game
are also available at the craft market situated at the entrance gate. A wonderful drives, in open safari vehicles are accompanied by professional guides.

array of accommodation is offered on the periphery of the park The reserve is situated 90km north of the town of Zeerust against the Botswana
ranging from luxury exclusive hotels and game lodges, cosy Border. It is a three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.
guest houses and B&B, caravan and camping sites. Visitors are also able to fly in using an air charter flight operating from
Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria.
The must visit Mphebatho Museum offers the local history of
Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela and state of the art displays are yours to The climate is generally mild to hot, but winter nights can be extremely
explore. The Moruleng Mall caters for your shopping needs with cold. Warm clothing is essential for early morning and night drives. Gate
many of the modern chain stores and restaurants available just times are arranged for pre booked residents only. Madikwe is
2km outside the Bakgatla Gate. not open to day visitors.

There are five entrance gates for visitors to the reserve. Airstrips: Available on request

Visit their website for more information: Accommodation is run by private enterprises.
www.pilanesbergnationalpark.org or www.northwestparks.org.za Visit their website for more information:
www.experiencemadikwe.com


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NORTH COAST

JEWEL OF THE ZULU KINGDOM

N estled in one of the most famous ‘hole-in-the-wall’. Microlighting, Museum and King Shaka Visitor Centre luxurious hotels to boutique lodges and
enchanting parts of ziplining, horseriding and hiking adds to is a must for visitors as you explore the guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, self
KwaZulu-Natal, the North the list of the many experiences on offer. rich history of legends past. Chief Albert catering apartments and caravan parks.
Coast region, also known Luthuli was born in Groutville and was the Choose a beachfront view or head inland
as iLembe, is not only renowned for If you’re not an outdoor enthusiast, or first African Nobel Peace Prize winner; to the gorgeous old colonial homes set
its picturesque landscapes and beauty, just prefer evening entertainment, the North his home is now a national museum. admist the rolling green hills of the region.
but it is also a place which is shrouded Coast still has you covered with enjoyable
in history and evidenced by the fact indoor activities, modern shopping malls, The North Coast boasts some With all that’s on offer, the
that it was home to the legendary fine dining, and vibrant nightlife. Visit Eat magnificient championship quality golf North Coast will not dissapoint.
King of the Zulu nation, King Shaka. Street and the Market at the Lifestyle courses. These golf courses are ideal for
Whether your taste is for the extreme Centre for a delectable culinary experience. enjoying a glass of wine and sealing a Contact Details:
or the sedate, with such wonderful all-year- Visitors can experience a variety of cuisine business deal under the African sunset Tel: +27(0) 32 946 1256
round climate, the North Coast is ideal for to suit all taste buds including bunny and include the Zimbali, Simbithi, Email: [email protected]
the many adventurous pursuits on offer. chow and shisanyama. And while you’re Umhlali and Princes Grant courses. Web: www.enterpriseilembe.co.za /
A place of natural beauty, sun, surf, at it, why not try a glass or bottle of the www.northcoast.org.za
thrills, sugar barons, struggle heroes, local wine called Seventeen87, which was Accommodation ranges from five-star
amazing landscapes and warm, friendly preserved in the year of King Shaka’s birth.
people. Caressed by warm waters of the
Indian Ocean, it stretches some 110km A visit to the Chief Albert Luthuli
from the port city of Durban, right up to the
Amatikulu River, including the coastal towns
of Ballito, Chakas Rock, Salt Rock, and
Zinkwazi, extending inland to KwaDukuza,
Maphumulo, Mandeni and Ndwedwe. The
region is also situated in close proximity
to the King Shaka International Airport
and other attractions within the province
of KwaZulu Natal such as the two World
Heritage Sites: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
and Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
With activities and attractions that can
fill up an itinerary list in a matter of minutes,
the North Coast caters for a variety of
tourists. The picturesque outdoors are
perfect for adventurous tourists to explore
nature, chill at the beach and go fishing,
surfing, or cycling, or even take to the
greens with a round of golf. There are
designated safe swimming beaches with
life guards and shark protection nets.
Tidal pools and paddling pools offer safety
especially for the little ones. The beautiful
Thompsons Bay is home to Charlie’s Pool,
an Olympic-sized tidal pool, as well as the


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HWUESMTERANNCACPEULLATUUNRCHEERSOCRUADTLEE OF

T he Western Cape Government Fossil Hominid Site of South Africa is Cave, Pinnacle Point Site Complex, The current route
launched the Cradle of Human already a World Heritage Site. If the Diepkloof Rock Shelter in the along the West Coast
Culture on 11 April 2019. Cradle of Humankind has the biological Western Cape; Klasies River in the has been temporarily
These are archaeological and development that led to the appearance Eastern Cape and Border Cave and called ‘The Artist’s
paleontological heritage routes with of homo sapiens, the Cradle of Human Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal, have Journey’. Here one
three anchor sites in the Western Cape. Culture captures the behavioural contributed outstanding evidence finds the engraved
development of homo sapiens. of palaeo-environmental conditions ostrich eggshell of
The project is a partnership with and the evolution of early humans. Diepkloof.
the Cradle of Humankind, as the The South African sites of Blombos
“As a group, these sites are vital where the first evidence is found of
to our understanding of the origins consistent use of marine resources.
of anatomically modern humans, the
transitions they survived, and their There are a total of 13 archaeological
modern cognitive abilities,” said Western and palaeontological sites on the route,
Cape Premier, Helen Zille. “The three five along the West Coast, seven on the
sites within the Western Cape are in southern Cape coast and one in Cape
the process of being nominated World Town. The Cradle of Human Culture
Heritage Sites, but the other three sites provides a new and unique offering and
in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu- by developing this niche experience.
Natal will be added to the nomination
at a later stage. We are looking Of the more than 1.7 million
forward to work with our colleagues travellers arriving in the Western Cape
in the other provinces on this.” in 2017, 55.9% identified culture and
heritage as an activity they engage in.
The current route along the West
Coast has been temporarily called ‘The For more info on the Cradle
Artist’s Journey’. Here one finds the of Human Culture, visit
engraved ostrich eggshell of Diepkloof www.cradleofhumanculture.co.za.
but also later expressions of creativity
in the several rock art sites included
in this Route. The Route along the
Southern Cape Coast has temporarily
been named ‘The Coastal Journey’,

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INVERDOORNTHE AQUILA COLLECTION BUYS
PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

A quila Private Game Reserve guests enjoy personalised service exquisite mountains, valleys, rivers and By combining the sales and marketing
and Spa recently confirmed in an isolated, tranquil setting. kloof’s; as well as a very impressive big offices, the group will be able to streamline
the acquisition of the 5 safari and guest experience in wide the promotion of big 5 safari tourism in
Inverdoorn Private Game Immediate plans going forward will open spaces with magnificent vistas. Cape Town and the Western Cape, while
Reserve in the Western Cape. amplify this exclusive five-star experience also enhancing local and international
throughout all of Inverdoorn facilities. Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is safari experiences,” Searl Derman added.
Over the last 20 years, Aquila Private Over the last 21 years, Inverdoorn have under 2.5 hours from Cape Town or 25
Game Reserve and Spa has become also built a solid reputation within the minutes from Aquila, and the vast and well Inverdoorn is currently listed in both
synonymous with the Cape Town and safari market, including niche relationships received majestic Tankwa Karoo landscapes, the four and five-star accommodation
international safari market. As a four-star with tourism, trade and operators. combined with distant golden mountains category and immediate additions to the
accommodation provider, it has always and heavily Acacia wooded river beds, property will include new renovated and
offered worldclass products and services As a combined force, the group make for a truly memorable experience. expanded fit-for-purpose dining facilities.
and continues daily to improve its offering will now be able to meet the unique
on its 10 000+ hectare, Big 5 conservancy demands across all target markets. “Both game reserves have a great Continued industry and trade relations
– under two hours from Cape Town. variety of big 5 and wildlife which will be strengthened and customer service
Searl Derman, Owner of The Aquila will be further reinforced with new together, with social upliftment and
Aquila’s magnificent ten treatment Collection, says, “The reserves offer very genetics, numbers and species. conservation at the centre of everything
room spa is one of the latest additions different safari experiences”. Aquila boasts that The Aquila Collection does.
to the property. Aquila has the most
prestigious collection of local and “We look forward to keeping
internationally recognised awards behind and growing the industry and trade
its name, ranging from service excellence, relationships as we plan the future
to social upliftment and conservation. positioning of both brands. We will
continue to update our partners regularly
Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, to inform them of all exciting projects and
founded in 1994, offered visitors a unique developments,” concluded Searl Derman.
10 000 hectare big 5 safari experience
with beautiful indigenous Karoo landscapes COLLECTION
and impressive Acacia Karoo river beds
– the likes of which is only found in the
northern parts of Southern Africa.

The most recent five-star edition
to Inverdoorn is the impressive
Kuganha luxury tented camp where

THE FUTURE OF HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS

N ew research has revealed that within the business events industry. It reservation process, resulting in them not another factor affecting booking patterns.
booking trends of large-scale, analyses over 2 million anonymous hotel being recognised in the room block,” said A common attendee misperception
urban convention attendees and Airbnb guest records from conventions Mark Lomanno, Partner at Kalibri Labs, is that hotel rooms within the block
is changing. According to held in the USA from 2015-2018, as well one of the lead research consultant firms. are more expensive – despite 66% of
Hilton, NYC and Company, and the PCMA as a sample of US business travellers who cases being more affordable. Overall,
Foundation, approximately half of all have attended city-wide conventions. Another finding was that it bothers younger attendees (59%) are more likely
delegates attending large-scale conventions attendees to lose control of their hotel to use alternative accommodations.
are circumventing the established “One of the more surprising findings from booking process, such as accessing
room-reservation processes in favour of the research was the fact that almost 25% their loyalty benefits. Hospitality loyalty Research findings could profoundly shift
booking their own accommodations. of attendees at large city-wide conventions programmes, cost, room preferences and how cities, hospitality organisations and
The study, titled Room Block of the actually booked their accommodations at age are significant factors in booking business events professionals organise
Future, unpacks the room booking behaviors the hotels specified in the room block, but behaviors and consumer trends, the study meetings and conferences. For more
did not go through the traditional room found. Room variety, or lack thereof, is info on the study, visit www.pcma.org.

https://visit.joburg/


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AFRICA SHOWCASED AT INDABA

A s one of the few trade shows GHANA NIGERIA CONTACT US
organised by Africans for
Africans, Indaba showcases a Elsysam Royal Enterprise, situated in The Delta State Tourism Board, Director: Business Development
wide variety of tourism and Kumasi, is a travel agency providing will be showcasing all the Solly Moeng Manager:
travel products, service providers and tours in Ghana as well as the study tourist destinations and hotel [email protected] Brett Alexander
unique experiences. Here’s a look at abroad industries. They’re available accommodations available within
some of this year’s incredible exhibitors. at stand DEC2A30A. Also present the state. A region with ‘The Big Director: Business Development
at Indaba at stand DEC2B16 is the Heart’, they are ready to meet and Lance Gibbons Manager:
ANGOLA Ghana Tourism Authority, who welcome visitors at stand DEC2A34. [email protected] Redoh Kimmie
regulate, promote and work with
The Tourism Promotion Institute Ghanaian tourism stakeholders. SWAZILAND Editor Production Manager
of Angola (Infotur Angola), will be Kim Crowie Katlego Molele
present at Africa’s Travel Indaba to MOZAMBIQUE Swaziland will be represented [email protected]
showcase the country’s tourism through the Eswatini Tourism Production &
capabilities, from hospitality Mozambique Tourism Authority will be Authority. The DMO promotes Head of Design Design Assistant
venues to exciting experiences. at stand DEC2C11. The organisation local, regional and international Sheree Steenkamp Molele Molele
Visit them at stand DEC2B09. promotes tourism productions and tourism to the Kingdom of Eswatini,
ensures the expansion on the local and will be showcasing this Graphic Designer Printer: Impress Printers
COMOROS tourism sector through initiatives hidden gem at stand DEC2B14. Liam Abrahams
and activities. Villa Castellos, a luxury Also repping Swaziland is Happy 2 Dingle Avenue,
The National Board of Tourism of self-catering resort in Inhambane Valley Hotel, a venue located in Writer Kenilworth, 7708
Comoros will showcase unique province, will be at the show at Mbabane. The hotel caters to both Duncan Scarrott Tel: +27 21 674 0646
cultural traditions, crafts and artisanal stand DEC2B13. The resort has 5 business and leisure clients and
products, natural island beauty and houses sleeping up to 10 people. can be found at stand DEC2B15.
pristine biodiversity, and its famed
Vanilla islands, among other things. S LA
Visit them at stand DEC2A25.
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Indaba showcases
EGYPT a wide variety of
tourism and travel
Egypt Promotion Travel is a DMC products, service
offering an array of tours and holiday providers and
packages including tailor-made tours. unique experiences.
These are inclusive of classic tours,
religious tours, visits to the Red
Sea, and safari tours for all budgets.
Find them at stand DEC2BO2A.

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopian Tour Operators Association will
be present at Africa’s Travel Indaba this
year at stand ICC1205. Comprising over
200 members, ETOA represents licensed
tour and travel operators in the country.

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