REGISTRATION for this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo scheduled for September 12 to 14 in Bulawayo will close on Friday August 30, 2019.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) who are the organisers of the tourism expo, are calling on tourism stakeholders and service providers to book ahead of deadline.
“We can confirm that preparations are at an advanced stage for this mega event and already we have over 250 exhibitors registered, about 20 countries have confirmed their participation these include India, China, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and most of them have already started arriving,” ZTA head corporate Affairs Godfrey Koti said.
“This is going to be a three-day event in which we are trying to promote Zimbabwe for MICE, which is Meetings, Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions.
“We are promoting Zimbabwe as a MICE destination where people come and converge.
“They must also take this opportunity to do business and we want to use this event to further promote that idea, especially with the fact that this exposition is registered under the United Nations World Tourism Organisation calendar.”
Participants to the Sanganai/ Hlanganani are drawn from national tourism boards, embassies, airlines, tourism destinations, tour wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents, hotels, car hire and transport operators, suppliers of goods and services of the tourism industry, investors, Government ministries ad parastatals.
Touted as ‘Africa’s premier business exchange’, Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is a gateway to destination Zimbabwe held annually at ZITF grounds in Bulawayo.
Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is a business to business exposition that presents networking opportunities between the buyers, exhibitors and the travel trade.
Last year during the 11th edition, over 288 exhibitors and 21 countries registered for participation.
The expo was the first edition since the coming in of the new dispensation which is credited for among other things rebounding Zimbabwe on BIG business and tourism stage with the guest being Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga.
There were tours around Zimbabwe’s tourism hotspots of Manna pools, Bumi Hills, Kariba Dams, Eastern Highlands, Gonarezhou, Masvingo, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Binga, Matopo Hills and Bulawayo.
Bruno Alegi, the buyer from France said that Zimbabwe has a friendly atmosphere, from the people to the tourist destinations and as such would strongly sell Zimbabwe to tourists.
“International buyers had the opportunity of sampling and appreciating the country’s tourism product that will aid informed packaging across markets,” Koti said.
“So far, indications are that Zimbabwe is on an upward trajectory in tourism after three decades in isolation where tourist arrivals were dire while the sector was suffocated, Hlanganani is where buyers and sellers from source markets converge.”