- Nigeria, represented by private sector tourism and travel giant, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies ( nanta) is among 55 countries, which thronged Durban International Convention Center to birth a “reincarnated”travel indaba tourism exhibition which began yesterday after covid pandemic surgery.
- About 7.5 million rands will flourish and Durban local economy during the indaba event. True, all hotels, eateries and shopping malls are smiling to the banks.
- Nanta, effectively representing Nigeria took to sessions of networking and meetings. Unarguably the toast of exhibitors and service providers. LEETO, an out door camping adventure firm, with generic motorised one stop shop facility for 15 persons, presented its unique product to nanta team led by Mrs Susan Akporiaye. Detailed and inspiring, HLONI PISTO, managing partner and immediate former South Africa Tourism Regional, Head, West Africa, says the Rangler jeep powered all inclusive home, fitted with kitchen, bathroom room, two camp bedrooms on the roof the vehicle and a sit out cover port for about 15 persons, is ideal for adventure experience and safari treats. Nanta President, and her team, lined up the product for checks at its proposed international continental travel trade meeting slated for joburg next year.
- still on nanta speed meetings here in Durban, Mrs Susan Akporiaye led her team to another strategic meeting with South Africa Travel Agencies Association, SATSA, with the chief executive officer, David frost, excited at a future collaboration, and promising to facilitate the invitation of all spectrum of the sector to nanta international travel trade engagement next year in South Africa.
- South Africa Head of sales for the” Rise Again” South Africa Airlines, Shabnan vodacnia and her Nigerian counterpart , kemi leke-Bamtefa, applauded the rise and presence of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies under the watch of Mrs Susan Akporiaye. Both promised to support nanta in all its activities, praying for closer and sustainable future relationship as the South Africa Airlines, wings back as the pride of African response to travel in the continent and beyond. The meeting of both organisations held at the prestigious stand at indaba.
**Nigeria and Ghana trade agents has agreed to exchange ideas and knowledge that will breed West Coast cultural tourism revival and collaboration. At an introductory breakfast Inspired by South Africa Tourism, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, President, Nanta and Mrs Alisa osai Asamoah, President, Tour Operators Union of Ghana, promised to process the engagement, starting with exchange visits to both leading West African countries, with the agenda to facilitate growth of small and medium size groups and enterprises from both nations, leveraging on the Africa intercontinental trade regime.
- kwa zulu Natal, ( KZN), host province of indaba 2022, tailed by disastrous flooding, which led to loss of lives and livelihood, got unwavering support and sympathy from participants and the fifty five countries in attendance here in Durban. While many showed solidarity and sympathy by wearing black clothes and black bands, the unfortunate incident which has made life difficult for victims and their families, did not dampen the excitement and return of indaba after two years due to the pandemic. The KZN province has one best tourism economic recovery plan post covid, sadly burdened but not discouraged the flooding incident.
- There is a tight covid check regime at indaba and even at hotels and recreation centres in Durban. A special application is provided to ease the process as vaccination and covid test results must be downloaded daily to enable participants access the venue. Visitors are also profiled daily and at each sub venues to ensure effective compliance.