The big question on everyone’s lips at the forthcoming Indaba is “who will get to host it in future?”
Durban has hosted the all-important Indaba for 25 consecutive years and for a total of 28 years.
And there have been constant calls down the years for the city and the province to become the permanent home of Indaba, one of the three top global tourism trade shows in the world, just like the other two world events are permanently staged in London and Berlin.
But like the other conferencing cities in South Africa, the KZN provincial government and the eThekwini Municipality have to tender for the privilege of hosting the annual event.
The critical announcement is due to be made on Tuesday, May 16, day one of the three-day event at the award-winning Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
In the meantime, the Durban and KZN hospitality industry and the authorities will just have to bide their time and wait for the announcement about which venue will get to host Indaba for the next five years, while helping to stage yet another world-class event.
* The Tourism Indaba takes place from 16 -18 May. For more coverage of this premier tourism trade show buy The Mercury, Daily News and Sunday Tribune and visit iol.co.za.