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Published on : Wednesday, May 17, 2017
From Tuesday until Thursday, the event will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. An estimated 10‚000 delegates will witness the centerpiece related to tourism which will be carried out for three days and generate almost R200-million for the provincial economy. More than 800 potential buyers from countries like Nigeria‚ Italy‚ Australia‚ the UK‚ Germany‚ the USA‚ France‚ the Netherlands‚ India‚ Brazil and countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet with the exhibitors.
On Tuesday morning, Tourism KZN organized the opening business breakfast session where MEC for Economic Development‚ Tourism and Environmental Affairs‚ Sihle Zikalala‚ discussed about the province’s major developments in terms of tourism and the need for some changes and alterations in the industry.
The ultimate objective of the tourism sector according to him was to ‘get our people out of poverty and build a national democratic society characterized by unity‚ equality and prosperity. It should not be an accident of history or a by-the-way phenomenon‚ but the central thrust of a national‚ continental and international drive to address global unemployment‚ inequality and poverty using tourism as a platform.’