Wesgro is one of the provincial tourism authorities that have submitted an expression of interest to host Indaba 2018. SA Tourism invited the provinces to submit expressions of interest by March 31, to host next year’s Indaba.
Tourism Update contacted all provincial authorities to find out which were submitting expressions of interest. Understandably, provinces without the capacity to host the show are not participating, for example, Mpumalanga.
Other than the Western Cape, the likely contenders are Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, which has hosted the show every year since 1992.
Last week, Tourism KwaZulu Natal said the ultimate decision on whether or not the province would bid would come from the MEC, Sihle Zikala, once consultation was concluded. However, at a media briefing last month, Region Manager: International Marketing at Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Tony Nkadimeng, said hosting Indaba was key to promoting the province, while Perry Moodley of Durban Tourism, said Indaba was synonymous with Durban, similar to WTM in London and ITB in Berlin.
Gauteng Tourism Authority, had not responded to request for comment at the time of publication.
In a recent poll, Tourism Update asked readers where they thought Indaba 2018 should be hosted. By Wednesday, April 5, the Western Cape had received 43% of the votes, Gauteng, 29%, and KwaZulu Natal, 28% of the votes. One reader commented that Johannesburg would be an ideal host as it was an easy kick-off point for post-Indaba educationals.