Countdown to Africa’s Travel Indaba: All you need to know

11 April 2018

Only 4 weeks till the world's biggest African travel trade show, Africa's Travel Indaba.

Get ready to tell your story at this year's event to buyers and media from across the world. You'll be lining up with products from 21 countries from across the continent. We'll also be celebrating small travel businesses, you will find a plethora of stories to tell at this year's Africa Travel Indaba, including those around Nelson Mandela's Centenary. Join a panel to and have your say, and before and after business, make sure you enjoy the great attractions Durban has to offer. But whatever you do, don't forget the deadlines - if you do there is 20% surcharge.

If you haven’t yet registered – there is still time – act now – click here!

Lucky Friday 13 April! - Important dates for exhibitors
Friday 13th is the deadline for everything. If you miss it, it will be unlucky Friday 13th for you as you will incur a 20% surcharge if you do. With over 600 exhibitors already confirmed, our logistics team need all your requests in by the 13th for the following elements:

  • Scan Display forms
  • Floor Space only stand design
  • Stand cleaning form
  • Furniture Hire
  • Signed indemnity and risk forms
  • Name badges

Please email us at if you need forms to be provided.

REMINDER: Exhibitors wishing to book or host a side event (either on the stand or at alternative venue) please complete the Function Request Booking form. Contact: Rose Madela at

Celebrating together
Celebrate the great late President Nelson Mandela centenary year of his birth at this year’s African Travel Indaba. As part of the celebrations, South African Tourism will be launching the updates to successful Madiba's Journey App, which will feature 100 tourist attractions of significance in the life of the iconic leader. Make sure you’re at the opening cocktails on Tuesday 8th of May in the evening for a night to remember.

DID YOU KNOW: The United Nations World Tourism Organisation states that in 2017 the number of international travellers reached over 1.3 billion, yet of these Africa only received 62 million – 5% of the worlds tourists. As tourism businesses we can grow this, and we encourage you to use the various networking platforms Africa’s Travel Indaba offers to collaborate and share insights and ideas with your fellow industry colleagues. So far, we have exhibitors confirmed from 21 countries – so make sure you get a head start on the online diary system and start making those bookings today!

Fun in the sun
With its beautiful golden beaches and humid subtropical climate, we encourage you to take some time before, after and in-between the show to experience Durban. Enjoy the city's beachfront from Durban harbour in the south to the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga in the north. Visit Moses Mabhida Stadium and view the city from a SkyCar or uShaka Marine World. Enjoy an eclectic mix of Indian, Zulu and post-colonial influences in the city’s architecture and cuisine. For inspiration: log onto and

Let's talk
Feel passionate about an issue in the industry? Then Africa's Travel Indaba's Business Conversations session need you. Join a panel and be part of the insightful and robust on the industry. There are our Business Conversations sessions that include:

  • Optimising economic transformation in the African tourism industry.
  • African Tourism and the 4th industrial revolution.
  • Responsible Tourism – enabling sustainable practices as the new normal in Africa.
  • Strategies to maximise youth employment and leadership in the African tourism industry.

If you are keen to be part of the Business Conversations at Africa’s Travel Indaba, please submit your name and a brief biography to before Friday 13 April 2018


Issued by South African Tourism

For further information contact:
Thandiwe Mathibela
Tel: +27 (11) 895 3177

South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed by Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sisa Ntshona.

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