Following two years of virtual trade shows, the world is ready to embrace in-person events and in our upcoming issue, to be published next week, we will bring you all you need to know about what’s happing in the tourism events industry.

First in line will be Africa Travel Week from 11 to 13 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. We chat to Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism and Creative Industries at RX Africa, as ATW returns to the Cape Town ICC in April after its last in-person edition in 2019.

We are also exited to welcome, for the first time, buyers for the following countries Latvia, Lithuania, Colombia, Malaysia, Japan, Mauritius, Finland, Mexico, Armenia and Morocco. A total of 33% of our buyers have indicated an interest in MICE markets… – Megan Oberholzer

Africa’s Travel Indaba is back and will once again WOW participants from 2 to 5 May 2022 at the Durban International Convention Centre. But what exactly can participants expect of Africa’s finest travel trade show? I spoke to a very excitable Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo (Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South African National Convention Bureau – a division of SA Tourism), so make sure that you don’t miss this informative interview, also featuring in the upcoming issue.

Focussing on the Hotel & Hospitality Show, from 19 to 21 May 2022 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Evan Schiff, Portfolio Director: Food, Hospitality & Trade, dmg events, explains what our travel industry will be without showcasing South Africa’s fabulous hotels.

As international travelers begin to return, the industry should remember the value of the local market and create more products and have affordable rates for the local market to partake in the best we have to offer – Evan Schiff

Be it Africa’s Travel Indaba, Africa Travel Week or The Hotel Show Africa, I am looking forward to attend the events again. In the past they have been rich sources of information and large pools of knowledge that kept me one step ahead. Judging by my conversations with the event organisers, the stakes are higher than ever and 2022 will not disappoint.

Lindsay

Lindsay King, Editor: Explore SA Magazine (lindsay@capemedia.co.za)