The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is currently embarking on a familiarisation trip to the Kingdom of Eswatini and Mozambique as part of promoting the Triland route.
The familiarisation trip will see the Tourism Agencies from the three countries host tour operators and media from 15 – 21 August 2022 with the aim of showcasing the different tourism offerings available in each country.
This familiarisation trip forms part of some of the elements within the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed recently at the Africa’s Travel Indaba that was held in Durban.
The Triland route is about enhancing regional tourism initiatives, collaborate and support exchange programmes with the aim of growing tourism.
The purpose for the visit is to promote regional tourism and packages offered by tour operators as well as other tourism packages that seek to promote Mpumalanga.
The tour starts with a two-day visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini, which the Eswatini Tourism Authority is currently hosting. After this, the crew will be off to Mozambique for another two days hosted by INATUR (Mozambique Tourism Authority) then followed by another two days in Mpumalanga.
Each country will get an opportunity to showcase its unique offerings that will attract tourists from the three countries to explore what is on offer.
The objectives of the Triland route are amongst others to position it as a world-class tourism, trade and investment destination, contribute to the integration of the region and their common economic development goals as well as contributing to employment creation and economic growth.
MTPA CEO, Mduduzi Vilakazi said that the initiative would enhance joint collaboration in the conservation and protection of biodiversity, as well as preserving cultural values, heritage and national pride. Vilakazi also said that this is an opportune and exciting period for Mpumalanga tour operators to package the Triland route.
“This is the first of more initiatives that will be implemented during the next two years. The Triland route aims to package the unique selling points of each country. This includes wildlife, adventure and scenic beauty for Mpumalanga, royal tradition and culture of Eswatini and the sea and white sandy beaches in Mozambique”, explained Vilakazi.
“This collaboration presents an opportunity for us to promote regional tourism and showcase the variety of products that will afford tourists an opportunity to experience what Mpumalanga has to offer.” the CEO said.