Kruger Lowveld at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019
Kruger Lowveld Tourism was at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, held in Durban from 2nd to 4th May. In February the date of the event was changed due to the announcement of the date of the national elections, which led to much consternation from the tourism industry and it was anticipated that it would have a negative effect on the attendance numbers.
Notwithstanding the pre-Indaba negativity, Kruger Lowveld still managed to put together a large stand comprising 26 exhibitors from throughout the region offering anything from open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park to attractions and accommodation. This year, we were joined on the stand by several new members to our organisation, primarily from the Hoedspruit area.
While there were a number of empty stands dotted around the halls and the passages were not as busy as in previous years, many of the sharing exhibitors on the Kruger Lowveld stand were more than happy with the quality of buyers they met and felt that their attendance at this years show exceeded their initial expectations.
While not exhibiting on our stand, the announcement of the Kruger Shalati Train Hotel to be placed on the Sabie Bridge at Skukuza attracted much interest and is an exciting new tourism product for our region.
While Indaba is primarily a platform to make new business contacts, its also gives those in the tourism industry an opportunity to network with the influencers, learn about new trends and products as well as re-unite with old colleagues and peers. Indaba has a special spirit which needs to be retained going forward.