Durban readies for INDABA 2017 as exhibitor registration opens

2016-11-30 12:11
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Cape Town - One of the largest global tourism marketing events held in South Africa, INDABA 2017, will place from 16 to 18 May 2017 and exhibitor registrations for the industry get-together are now open.

In 2017, INDABA will be organised by Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd on behalf of South African Tourism. 

According to South African Tourism, 2017's event is set to connect the South African tourism industry with the best of quality global industry players by attracting quality international buyers and media from across the world.

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Rates for exhibitors have escalated by 6% for 2017. But this, says Sisa Ntshona, South African Tourism CEO, is a small increase as most exhibition organisers have increased the rates from between 10 – 12% for 2017.  

South African Tourism is absorbing the increased costs in order to minimise the effect on exhibitors. "We believe that the quality of exhibitors is vital in order to attract the right audience to the exhibition next year.  The harsh economic climate could affect the decision of some exhibitors to attend and it is for this reason that we have decided to absorb the costs,” Ntshona says.

All exhibitors that are contractually signed up for INDABA 2017 and pay 100% of their fees by 30 November 2016 will qualify for an early bird discount. Other discounts apply and can be viewed on the INDABA 2017 website, where exhibitors can register for the event too. 

INDABA will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, in 2017 again. 

Durban Tourism CEO Philip Sithole says the city has been able to showcase more of its product offering citing township tourism as an example of how it is expanding its product offering to showcase the city beyond its coastal attractions.

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