After canceling two iconic global trade fairs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa Tourism is pleased to once again host Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba.
The destination marketing organization confirmed today that major entertainment business and trade fair events will return next year, with both platforms hosting as physical events with limited virtual components.
Africa’s last meeting was hosted in February 2020, just before the coronavirus outbreak, when it celebrated the 15y Anniversary.
Travel Indaba will not be held in Africa in 2020 and 2021 due to global restrictions on movement and immigration regulations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Africa meetings will be held from 28y February 2022 to 2second abbreviation March 2022 at the Sandton Convention Center, in Johannesburg, while Travel Indaba will be hosted in Africa from 2second abbreviation to 5y May 2022 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center in Durban. Both events will have virtual participation capabilities, albeit to a limited extent.
As Tourism South Africa advances with its commitment to the recovery of the tourism sector, the return of these shows will enhance and market the capacity to host business events in the country and showcase South African leisure tourism products and experiences. Hosting these events will contribute to the country’s economy, as delegates from around the world will attend these trade fairs.
During the recent past, South Africa recorded a significant decrease in the number of new infections with COVID-19. A vaccination program is in full swing as part of the South African government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus. The country aims to fully vaccinate 70% of its adult population by the end of 2021.
During his address to the nation on September 30, 2021, His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa moved South Africa to a revised alert level 1, reducing curfew hours and increasing the number of people allowed in gatherings up to 750 people in indoor spaces and 2,000 people. Outdoor gatherings provide a huge boost to both the leisure travel as well as the business events industry.
“We are pleased to bring back Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba. The need for physical events and face-to-face meetings is evident in both the industry and the public. Experiences over the past months have shown that on-site events can take place safely and successfully and demonstrate how important they are to dialogue and exchange. We have hosted Recently the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit, a well-executed hybrid format attended by bringing the tourism sector together with the common purpose of revitalizing the tourism sector” Sthembiso Dlamini, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tourism for South Africa.
While the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit was not a substitute for Meetings Africa and Africa Travel Indaba, it did provide a platform to showcase the African continent’s leisure tourism offerings and business event capabilities.
“Hosting the Africa Africa Meetings Travel Indaba will surely show exhibitors, buyers and the world, that South Africa is open for business and that the South African tourism sector has world-class COVID-19 safety protocols in place to deliver unforgettable experiences and events. South Africa is ready and prepared,” Dlamini concluded. Well done to welcome delegates from all over the world.”
Registration details for delegates’ participation in these trade fairs will be announced soon.