Africa’s Travel INDABA has been postponed this year, following a raft of measures from the South African government designed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Africa’s Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has confirmed the industry will play its part in stemming the spread, according to Tourism South Africa, by postponing the INDABA, which was scheduled to take place from 12 to 14 May, indefinitely.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation yesterday to announce the new measures, one of which was to encourage social distancing by prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people.
“We are in full support of the Minister’s decision and are duty-bound to protect our nation and industry,” Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SA Tourism said.
The South African National Convention Bureau (NCB) will contact participating exhibitors about the postponement and SA Tourism will consult with the broader industry on workable dates for the event.
“We appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for our industry as the repercussions of the virus reverberate through the entire value chain,” Ntshona said.
“We should use this opportunity to collaborate to find solutions beyond the current crisis, which will have long-term benefits for our country as a travel destination of choice.”