East Africa partners dominate top three spots at Indaba
Kigali, May 11, 2015… As the curtains came down on this year’s edition of the annual South African tourism and travel showcase popularly known as Indaba, Northern Corridor Countries namely Kenya (3rd place) Rwanda(2nd place) and Uganda(1st place)emerged as the top 3 for stand display. The countries were represented by Kenya Tourism Board, Rwanda Development Board and Uganda Tourism Board respectively.
Rwanda’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Vincent Karega explained that the ranking was based on how helpful the exhibitors were with visitors at the stand, display of materials, level of tour operators’ engagement with clients, amount of green displayed at the stand including live plants and tidiness throughout the day up to the end of the show.
“We are delighted to have been ranked 2nd at this year’s Indaba Fair. This further shows the tourist and travel industry confidence in Rwanda as an attractive destination,” he noted.
His Excellency Karega added that the three East African states of Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda were actively marketing the region as a single destination under the Northern Corridor initiative. “We would like to reassure tourists that the region is safe for travel, has good infrastructure including modern information and communications technology and has an attractive and diverse tourism offering that one can access with just a single visa,” he said.
The Indaba participation comes close on the heels of the recent tripartite meeting held in Kigali where the three countries pledged to continue building confidence in the region’s tourism attractiveness.