A Special Boost For Our Province

Feb 26, 2014
Limpopo is hoping that a three-day meeting with international buyers from the tourism industry in Sandton will lead to spin-offs for the province.

Seipati Tlaka of the Conventions Bureau of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), is attending the three day meeting which ends on how to improve tourism.

Provincial Conventions Bureau is a newly formed division of LTA focusing on business events and meetings.

The meeting, known as Meetings Africa 2014 kicked off with the annual Business Opportunity Networking Day (Bond Day) on Monday and ends today.

Bond Day is designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for the South African business events industry.

LTA spokesperson, Ntlhekeng Kgatla, said over 800 local and regional corporate buyers (Absa, Liberty Life, Discovery, etc) and 40 other top speakers – of which 20 are leading global presenters – will be attending the event.

“All the corporate buyers will be part of the Meetings Africa diary system which will allow exhibitors to schedule one-on-one meetings with the buyers.

The panel discussion will bring together leading figures from the continent’s business events industry, to discuss, among others, the impact of business events on the economy of the continent,” he said.

The acting CEO of LTA, Fixon Hlungwani, said he was confident that this year’s event will bring benefits to South Africa in general and Limpopo Province, in particular.

The province will be allocated at least 20 hosted buyers from the total number of them coming to this mega event.

“We are very delighted that our province will also get a share of buyers who will be given a feel of what we can offer in terms of tourism as most of the time preference is given to some coastal and bigger provinces in the tourism sector.

It is my belief that these 20 hosted buyers coming to the province will want to bring more of their mega international events to South Africa and Limpopo in particular”

Hlungwani said: “I really don’t have any regrets for establishing a new division as an agency that deals with the bidding for mega events that mostly are bid for and won by the so-called bigger provinces.

“I really believe that we are one country and all provinces have their unique offerings.

“Instead of competing for them, they should be complementing one another,” he said.

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