President Zuma announced two strategies yesterday: 5 in 5 strategy which aims to see 5 million global and domestic travellers enter and move around in the country over the next 5 years. The continent as a whole experienced a eight percent growth in global tourist arrivals to reach 58 million arrivals.
But when announcing that Durban has been declared the home of the Tourism Indaba for the next five years, Zuma said that means if God stays in Cape Town, then Jesus lives in Durban. "We are truly pleased to have our 21 sister African countries exhibiting at this year's Travel Indaba", Zuma said.
Over the years, the coastal city has won several bids to host major events, such as the recent World Economic Forum and the World Aids Conference.
"We would like to thank all the bidding tourism authorities for their submissions, and congratulate the province of KwaZulu-Natal on winning the right to host Africa's largest and most prestigious travel exhibition".
Zuma said they were planning to build a railway for the fastest train connecting all the Africa cities, which is aimed at promoting regional tourism. "Tourism also provides job creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship", Zuma said. EThekwini Municipality gets a boost in tourism and get an opportunity to employ temporary and full time workers in various sectors as a result of hosting the event.
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"We are thrilled, honored and proud to be the host venue for Indaba for the next five years".
"This week we bring Africa and the world together, in this home-grown trade show where Africa markets herself to the world".
"This year's focus for ECPTA and the province is to ensure that Eastern Cape tourism stakeholders continue to work as a united front towards a responsive and inclusive marketing approach that effectively promotes numerous elements of the province and its tourism offerings, nature-based experiences and authentic cultural interactions".
Some worldwide visitors come to attend the event and later return on their leisure tourism. The total contribution of tourism to our economy in 2015 was about R375-billion. This year over 7,000 delegates are attending the event.