2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward due to upcoming national election

SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Wednesday, 13th February 2019:The 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba kick’s off from 02-04 May 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

leading to the Indaba been brought forward by four days.

President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announced during the State of the Nation (SONA) Address that national election will take place on 08 May 2019 which coincided with the Indaba.

A task team was set up by the CEO of South African Tourism (SA Tourism), Sisa Ntshona, to explore all available options and it was decided that moving Indaba forward was the best possible option.

The task team comprised of the following organisations:

  • SA Tourism
  • Department of Tourism
  • Durban ICC
  • Tourism KZN
  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)
  • eThekwini

“The national election is the cornerstone of our democracy and is a celebration of our freedom in South Africa”, said CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona.

“It’s an important date and occasion for all South africans and we need to acknowledge and respect the date”, added Ntshona.

The task team take into account various factors and permutations in reaching the new date.

Ntshona added by saying,At the same time, I must express my heartfelt gratitude to the Tourism industry for their understanding of the situation, I have received many calls, emails and texts with advice and support. I am really impressed to experience how the tourism sector gets together. I also want to thank the Indaba Organising Committee involved with Africa’s Indaba Travel – they are Tourism KwaZulu Natal, ICC and eThekwini (Durban Tourism) – for being accommodating with regards to the change”.

Indaba is the African continent’s biggest travel exhibition show with over 7000 delegates from 80 countries who attended last year.

Registrations are still open and for more information please visit www.indaba-southafrica.co.za

By Ziyanda Yono

Source: South Africa