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Africa’s Travel Indaba 2020 Still A ‘Go’ Despite Coronavirus Threat

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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With the rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), businesses across the globe are starting to cancel numerous events, conferences, and international gatherings as a precautionary measure for attendees. However, despite the threat of the virus, Africa’s Travel Indaba 2020, scheduled for May 12 to 14, will be hosted as scheduled.

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According to the website, Africa’s Travel Indaba, taking place in Durban, South Africa, is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. The event showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. 

Photo via indaba-southafrica.co.za

The company hosting the event, SAT, has stated that the Grading Council of South Africa was working with the convention venues to continuously enhance their hygiene protocols and ensure that scanning facilities are used for the safe management of their visiting delegates.  

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“We are also carefully considering and consulting widely with regards to the measures that we will put in place at the show to provide delegates with the requisite reassurance that the situation will be effectively managed. These measures will be communicated in due course,” said SAT’s Altaaf Kazi.

Photo via indaba-southafrica.co.za

With mixed messages in the media, it can be difficult to determine if you should travel internationally during the outbreak. The U.S. State Department has issued varying levels of travel warnings for countries where there are current cases of the virus. If you have any concerns about upcoming travel plans, consult with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC for travel recommendations in areas that have been affected.

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