Mpumalanga ready to promote tourism products at Africa Travel Indaba

Mpumalanga ready to promote tourism products at Africa Travel Indaba

Mpumalanga boasts an array of world-class products including the Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains World Heritage Site, and is ready to share that with the world.

The province also boasts of numerous products such as tour operators who cater to the traveler’s needs of transportation as well as accommodation establishments for use during visits to the province.

This year, through the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), the province will again take part at the upcoming Africa’s Travel Indaba scheduled to take place in Durban from 2 – 5 May 2022 after two years of absence due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will host over 400 African exhibitors and 454 buyers, from 47 countries around the world. The theme for this year “Africa’s stories, your success” aims to encourage media and delegates to tell the world of their own inspiring stories of resilience shown throughout the pandemic.

Mduduzi Vilakazi, Acting CEO of the MTPA said that this was an opportune time for Mpumalanga to be promoted as the preferred tourism destination in the country.

He continued to say that the Africa’s Travel Indaba further presented an opportunity to recover from the devastations caused by COVID-19.

“Mpumalanga is ready to do business and showcase their product offering to the world. This is an exciting period for Mpumalanga to be able to take part in this trade show after being absent for two years due the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The tourism industry in the province and South Africa as a whole was hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and this has resulted in a number of tourism businesses in the province closing down. The closing down of these businesses has resulted in massive job losses and a negative impact on our various tourism offerings.

MTPA looks forward to the inspiring stories from the Mpumalanga tourism products which will reaffirm the journey to recovery and see both the province and the country entirety, receiving more tourists to the economy.

“The newly established products that will be attending this trade show will further confirm that we have diversified our product offering which will afford tourists an opportunity to experience other districts of the province and explore what is on offer,” said Vilakazi.