DURBAN WELCOMES THE WORLD
By: Mhlengi Mafu
Africa’s leading travel show, Tourism Indaba, unites Durbanites and delegates from various parts of the world.
The official opening of Tourism Indaba was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC), Saturday evening. The show was opened by Durban’s golden boy, Khaya Mthethwa, who performed the hit song ‘He lives in you’. He electrified the venue with his voice and the audience was dancing along with different dancing crews who showed off their dancing moves while he was still performing.
His excellence Mayor of Durban James Nxumalo welcomed the delegates as he officially opened the show in his welcome speech.
“We have successfully hosted this event for 26 years and it continues to be Africa’s largest show and the third large globally. The aim of Indaba is to consolidate its position as premier travel show on the African Continent,” said Mchunu, as he further said that delegates were not visiting South Africa, but they were meeting South Africa.
That was one of the trending quotes on Twitter as the delegates were also interacting and having a conversation on Social Media after the mayor had finished his speech.
The MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu said, “We need as African states to work together to create symbiotic relationships to ensure that we use tourism as a tool.” He further highlighted how tourism can improve African countries.
The Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, spoke more about how the tourism industry has improved the country’s economy and how the country has improved since 1994.
Short documentaries about South Africa and its beauty were shown. Programme Director Sello kaNcube, actor from the etv series Scandal, also recited poetry pieces that left the audience oozing “mmmm”. The documentaries also paid tribute to the late former president Nelson Mandela for his contribution to unite South Africa.
The show was closed off by the SAMA winning Afro Pop group, Mafikozolo, who performed their tracks like Khona, and Bhuti ng’hamba nawe.