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OVERVIEW

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is targeting conferences as a priority sector.

SECTOR INSIGHT Investors are sought for the Drakensberg Cable Car project. • Durban will host the Tourism Indaba until 2022.

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he province of KwaZulu-Natal has some of the most attractive and varied tourist destinations imaginable, from superb beaches and towering mountains to black rhinos and acclaimed wetlands. The province’s fine beaches stretch from the popular South Coast, through the perfect surfing spots in Durban to the wetlands of the north. The combined contribution of retail and tourism to the province’s GDP is 14%. The iSimangaliso Wetland and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park are World Heritage Sites. The province has six Ramsar wetlands and more than 100 nature reserves controlled by the provincial authority. The province is also famous for its luxurious private game reserves and lodges. In 2016, a further 18 872ha at two sites was added to the province’s formal nature conservation holdings, at two sites. The province’s conservation agency is Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Airbnb is a fast-growing option in South Africa. The Airbnb visitors to South Africa in 2016 engaged in R2.4-billion worth of economic activity. Durban had the largest increase in Airbnb bookings from the previous year.

MICE The meetings, incentives, conference and exhibition sector (MICE) is one where KwaZulu-Natal excels. It has been declared a priority sector by the provincial government. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18

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A dedicated unit within the KZN Tourism Authority, the Convention Bureau, has booked more than 50 events and conferences since 2012, bringing about R3-billion into the provincial economy. Durban’s hosting of the Tourism Indaba further supports the idea that the province is a major conference destination. More than 7 000 delegates are annually attracted to the Durban International Convention Centre to exhibit South Africa’s assets to international tour operators. The city has secured the Tourism Indaba until 2022. The range of topics covered by recent conferences held in KwaZulu-Natal is wide and includes the World Economic Forum, the World News Media Congress, the Pan-African Health Tourism Congress, the National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufactures (NAACAM) Show and the Durban Maritime Summit. International conferences held in the 2016/17 financial year include:

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