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Work and Play at Tourism INDABA

Work and Play at Tourism INDABA

April 30
11:22 2009

INDABA 2008 lived up to its premier position as Africa’s top travel show with a record attendance of slightly under 13 000 visitors. INDABA 2009 is likely to see attendance numbers continue this upward trend. INDABA 2009 will be hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC).

Durban ICC has been voted Africa’s Leading Conference Centre for six consecutive years by the World Travel Awards, showcasing South Africa’s world-class conferencing capabilities. When the global travel and tourism industry gather in the picturesque Durban city this May for INDABA, the key issues dominating the proceedings are certain to be South Africa’s countdown to the FIFA Confederations Cup in June and the highly anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Indaba Day Planner

7am: INDABA online is the best and quickest way to get up to date information on the day’s scheduled events. Registration is free. INDABA delegates receive invites and information on all important industry events taking place from 9 – 12 May. Registered users will find the Events Calendar very helpful in managing their INDABA diary.

The hotel is idyllically situated across Durban Beachfront. Wake up to the gentle clapping sounds of breaking waves, clear blue skies and the calming view of a long stretch of golden sandy beach. A morning stroll beckons.

9:00am: Breakfast is typical a sumptuous affair. Join up with friendly delegates over breakfast and share stories about the cool discoveries in South Africa’s premier province. Borrow liberally from their experiences and up date your do-list of fun activities to explore.

9:30am: Time to catch up on INDABA business. Regular shuttle services operate between hotels and the convention centre making movement convenient and prompt. Shuttles also commute between the central locations and the airport. Therefore hiring a car is not necessary.

11:00am Sample the wide variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism product on show. Allow for the occasional distraction to fill time in between highlighted events at INDABA. Try out the Tourism Satellite Account (tracking tourism’s contribution to sectors in South Africa) or the Welcome Awards (applauding service excellence in tourism) amongst a host of others for a change of pace.

12:30pm: INDABA events attract competent players from industry, government and private sector allowing for topics and issues to be tackled exhaustively. Keep an ear out for spirited discussions on the FIFA Confederation Cup (only weeks away) and 2010 World Cup. The CEO of the local organizing committee Danny Jordaan will be in the hot seat to answer all pressing queries on the upcoming World Cup in the ever-engaging Global Media Face Off on Sunday 10 May. The question on everyone’s lips no doubt will be how the global credit crunch will impact on South Africa’ state of preparedness as hosts and the impact the worldwide financial crisis has had on its tourism. Acting CEO for SA Tourism, Didi Moyle and independent economist Iraj Abedian will be on hand to shed more light on those queries.

13:00pm. Lunch is served.  Pick whatever delights your palate from a variety of nifty vendors and comfy restaurants on the premises. Do not forget to include some dessert.

13:30pm. The INDABA media centre provides a comfortable fully-equipped work space for journalists to network, research, file copy and download readily available images from the day’s events at INDABA. Make the media centre your one-stop information hub.

15:00pm. Use the afternoon to catch up with INDABA’s extensive exhibitions as you wait for the evening’s main events. Make a point of seeing SA Tourism’s creative showcase at Minstrels. This event features the destination marketing campaigns; innovative television ads, print campaigns and online executions that will get your creative juices flowing.

16:30pm. It is safe to call it a day. Catch a shuttle back to the hotel to relax, freshen up and sample Durban’s municipalities much talked hospitality.  Tomorrow is another day.

Top three people to interview at INDABA:

  • Didi Moyle, acting CEO of SA Tourism on the state of tourism in South Africa against the backdrop of a world financial crisis
  • Roshene Singh, Chief Marketing Officer of SA tourism, to discuss the destination marketing organisation’s global marketing campaign and INDABA’s contribution to the tourism industry
  • Sugen Pillay, Global Manager of Events Department at SA Tourism, on what SA

Tourism is doing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the organisation’s marketing initiatives for the 2010 event.

INDABA best of five must-attend events:

  • The ETEYA Awards 19h00 to 20h00 on Friday May 8.

Top emerging tourism entrepreneurs will be honoured by South African Tourism and South African Breweries. Come and see how the local tourism industry creates jobs and empowers marginalized South Africans.

  • Tourism Satellite Account media launch 11h00 to 12h30 on Saturday, May 9.

The Tourism Satellite Account is a unique venture that measures the total number of jobs that tourism creates in South Africa. It includes jobs create outside the tourism industry in auxiliary sectors such as banking, agriculture, medical and manufacturing.

  • The Opening Ceremony 17h00 to 18h00 on Saturday May 9.

This is a lavish celebration of INDABA and the tourism industry that attracts sports celebrities and local government representatives on stage.

  • Global Media Face Off 10h00 to 12h00 on Sunday May 10.

The flagship INDABA 2009 media conference will be moderated by quirky CNN reporter Richard Quest. On the cards are the global economic crisis and its impact both on World Cup preparedness, tourism and on the larger local economy. Qualified panelists will discuss government and private sector initiatives and take questions from the audience.

  • The Welcome Awards 17h00 to 19h00 on Sunday May 10.

South African Tourism and First National Bank will dish out awards to the frontrunners of travel and tourism business that excel in service delivery.

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