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DURBAN WINS INDABA BID! (article first published : 2002-05-17)

KwaZulu Natal has beaten all other contenders to stage the annual tourism Indaba for another three years, from 2004 – 2006.

The fact that Durban has been awarded at least another three years as host of the annual tourism Indaba is a tremendous coup for The International Convention Centre Durban and a gain which reaffirms the city as a top international conference destination.

Recently ICC Durban scooped the “Leading Venues” award in the “conference venue without accommodation” category.

ICC Durban’s CEO, Alec Gilbert, commented; “Although we have staged Indaba fourteen times in Durban with tremendous success, we – together with Durban Africa, KZN Tourism, KZN government and the Durban city – worked extremely hard on the bid document.

“We have, together with our city partners, invested a great deal in ensuring the success of Indaba and we are thrilled that it is remaining in our city for the foreseeable future. This announcement augurs well for tourism in Durban and the province and it will assist in kick-starting many important development projects that are in the planning stages.”

Bids were received from four provinces; Gauteng, KZN, North West and the Western Cape. The final shortlist was Durban’s ICC and two Gauteng convention centres; Gallagher Estate and Nasrec Exhibition Centre. However Durban’s perfect climate at this time of year has proved to offer the ideal environment for the tourism Indaba.

Indaba is worth R40 million to the city and the region and a whopping R500 million when marketing spin-offs are included. This year’s four-day Indaba at ICC Durban has attracted 1,300 exhibitors and 1,500 delegates.




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