I attended the Sangnanai-Hlanganai World Travel Fair 2011 which was held at Rainbow Towers in Harare. I was impressed with the setup and the variety of stands. Typically one would expect to see the tourism related stands, but there were other exhibitors including some of the major educational institutions in Zimbabwe and even our brand new friend – ‘Emirates’.
According to The Herald ‘This is the first time that Sanganai/Hlanganani, as a brand, has had a country partner and the arrangement is meant to boost tourist arrivals from countries seen to be doing well in promoting arrivals into Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe International Travel and Tours (ZITT) are partnering the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in hosting the Chinese delegation of over 60 exhibitors, buyers and journalists from the Asian country’.
There were a large number of Chinese people walking around, taking pictures and networking with various individuals. From what I heard, the majority of the Chinese had actually flown in earlier this week specifically to attend this trade fair. This is very encouraging I thought. From what I actully saw over the last few days, I have no doubt that the travel industry in Zimbabwe is on its way back to where it belongs. The journey has been and will continue to be hard given the last decade or so, but I know that the Zimbabwean is a resilient and resourceful individual – we have and will always ‘make a plan’.
I took some photos: –
Rainbow Towers Entrance
Some exhibitors in the foyer
The African Sun stand
Zimbabwe Defence Forces stand
Someone brought their plane! (which I thought was cool!)
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) stand
Eastern Highlands Stand
Another outdoors shot
The Emirates Stand
Cars and more cars at the Range Rover & Jaguar stand
The Art and Craft stands