Travel Indaba: Mark May 2020 for the Travel and Tourism Event for Africa


Travel Indaba is a travel and tourism event of format, specifically hosted in celebration of the African economy. With the main aim being to promote travel and tourism on and to the continent to boost the economies of African countries, it is an exciting event by any standard.


The 2020 Travel Indaba is to be hosted from 12-14 May in Durban, known for its superb tourism opportunities and high turnout of holidaymakers over the December festive season. With the event hosted during the winter, attendees can look forward to fair weather during the exhibition period.


The 11th of May 2020 is reserved for business networking before the big event. As such, exhibitors and visitors hoping to work on their contact lists and possible agreements, should mark the date on their event calendar.


From 12-14 May 2020 will be allocated to an international and local trade exhibition. Showtimes will be from 10:00 to 18:00 on the 12th and 13th with the showtime for the 14th being from 10h00 to 17h30. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to set-up and get ready daily from 8h00.


Considered one of the top three bucket-list events to attend if operating in the travel and tourism industry, Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts thousands of visitors. The trade show will be hosted in the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC). With the largest part of the event hosted indoors, the risk of rain-out is minimised.


South African Tourism owns the event, which is hosted every year by Synergy Business Events (Pty) Ltd. It is an award-winning exhibition with the event having won the best travel and tourism trade show award from the Association of World Travel Awards.


Three important groups will attend:

  • Buyers
  • Exhibitors
  • Media


Buyers consist of airline operators, booking agencies, foreign travel agencies, inbound tour operators, online booking firms, DMCs and transport providers.


The Travel Indaba exhibitors consist of provincial authorities and African country representatives who exhibit in the Durban Exhibition Centre while the International Convention Centre hosts exhibitors from various categories. Such categories range from tour operators to luxury product providers, online travel agencies and media, game lodges, industry leaders and media applications. The outdoor exhibitors also showcase at the event. This category consists of exhibitors from camping and safari operators, suppliers and transport firms.


Media attendees include top travel magazines, website companies, television media operators, and newspapers.


The organisers have set up a website where guidance is given to exhibitors on how to exhibit, prices and rules to keep in mind. Specific criteria must be met before exhibitors are approved. A careful study of the criteria is thus essential before booking a stand.


Buyers welcome the opportunities to gain insight on global travel and tourism trends and developments. They get to meet the key players in the industry and forge stronger relationships with suppliers at the event. With over 1100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, it is an event that has something for everyone.