Africa travel show ends on high note in S. Africa

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The curtain came down on Africa’s biggest tourism extravaganza, Africa Travel Indaba, on Saturday, with many attendees hailing it as being fruitful to advancing the industry for the benefit of the citizens in the continent.

South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom told Xinhua that this year the indaba was attended by more than 7,000 delegates, 1,000 exhibiting businesses and 1,500 buyers.

“There were more buyers than last year. The indaba gets bigger and better every year. We had buyers from 18 African countries,” he said. “This indaba unites, connects and removes barriers.”

Rwanda Development Board emerging tourism analyst Yves Ngenzi told Xinhua that the indaba was beneficial.

“This indaba is good for different African countries… to do business together. There were also quality buyers from all over the world, which was good for Africa to sell tourism products,” he said.

Beijing Automotive Works South Africa was among those showcasing products at the indaba. Its 12-seat cars and game vehicles attracted much interest.

“We build these vehicles specifically for the tourism industry and we got terrific response,” said one of the Chinese firm’s representatives. Enditem

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