South Africa welcomes foreign visitors to INDABA 2015

  • 29 April 2015 | Christine Marot
The Welcome team at Meetings Africa this year are ready to welcome you again to INDABA

With just two weeks to go before INDABA – Africa’s leading travel trade show is on in Durban from 9–11 May – welcome mats are out and indications are that 2015 will be the most well-attended event to date.

In comparison to 2014, exhibitor numbers are up by 30%, the number of hosted buyers has doubled and more than 5 000 appointments have been set up via the events online diary, all of which promises a packed Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Tourism stakeholders from all over the world will soon be arriving in the country from Africa and abroad to a warm welcome from the South African Tourism Welcome team based at OR Tambo International Airport.

The Welcome South Africa initiatives will be extended at INDABA, where mobile device recharge stations have been made available to visitors to fire up their devices and connect to local social media platforms, and shoe shine teams are at the ready to spruce up their footgear.

To enable foreign guests to keep abreast of all WelcomeSA and #Indaba2015 news, a number of dedicated social media accounts are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

The brand ambassador for WelcomeSA’s 'Make Someone’s Day' campaign, former national rugby player Chester Williams, will be keeping the Twittersphere informed during INDABA. Follow Chester at @chestermw11

Since INDABA traditionally takes place the same weekend as Mother’s Day, there will be a special treat in store for all moms working at INDABA on Sunday, 10 May.

Do your bit as a South African citizen by joining WelcomeSA in personally welcoming and getting to know African visitors from Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, the Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, the DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Niger State, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, the Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the many who are flying in from Europe, Australasia, Asia and the Americas to take part in one of the world’s great tourism events.