Exploring beyond the wilderness

On the sidelines of the Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Tourism Board hosted Indian travel trade to popular tourist attractions such Harare, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo, Kariba where the visitors got a chance to explore the country

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Sandiip Srivastava, Director, Youdian Business Solutions
Zimbabwe is a good destination, and the Fam served its purpose well. Exhibitor meetings were reasonable, though they could have used the ‘blind dating’ format more effectively. Zimbabwe’s presence was prominent but for an all-Africa show, I didn’t see participation from many African countries. With the right amount of marketing, I see a multifold rise in Indian visitors travelling to Zimbabwe. This country has the potential to attract leisure and honeymoon travellers too, besides the usual wildlife and adventure travellers. Industry professionals who seek representation opportunities will find clients in hotels as well as DMCs who are looking for a presence in India.

Vikram Shanker, Director, Voyageur Lifestyles
The Fam trip was an eye-opener for me as I can now confidently promote Zimbabwe as a stand-alone holiday destination for 10-12 days. Until recently, Zimbabwe was really all about Victoria Falls but now I can add so much more to an itinerary by including Hwange, Kariba, Mana Pools and the Eastern Highlands. The exhibitor meetings were essential to identify receptive agencies. Interactions with several ground handling agencies enabled me to find two excellent receptive agencies, who will be instrumental in providing world-class services for my clients. The exhibitor profile was very good as it took in a large range of suppliers

Kumud Sirohi, Director, Star Vacations
Exploring Bulawayo and learning about Bushmans, colonisation in Africa, Sir Cecil John Rhodes and rhino conservation work in Matobo National Park. The exhibitors were very keen to share information about their products and destination as well. Zimbabwe in combination with Zambia and Botswana makes an interesting tour option for my clients.

Shantanu Chand, CEO, Go Beyond Travels
The country has a lot to offer but is primarily restricted to its wilderness. Zimbabwe has a lot to offer and Sanganai managed to bring it all under one roof. I definitely see a high potential to Zimbabwe either as a standalone destination or a combination with South Africa or Zambia. There is much to do there especially on the wildlife front. It might be worthwhile to head down to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins or the Eastern Highlands to have a look. I would focus on Victoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba for the moment

Jasleen Kohli, Branch Head, Holidays by Weldon
The Fam trip gave us insights into locations that we can sell in the region and also gave an introduction to the Zimbabwean culture. While it gave us a wide range of information, it was an eye-opener for various segments that can be served by tour operators. The exhibitor meetings were beneficial as we interacted with one on one, which is very important to India outbound market. We met hoteliers, DMCs, attractions, government agencies and tourism authorities. Exhibitor profiles were selected to showcase their products, tours, itineraries and accommodations.

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