The Tanzania Tourist Board is pleased to announce that the second edition of S!TE will take place from October 1–3 at the Mlimani City Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam.
According to the Acting Managing Director, Ms. Devota Mdachi, preparations for the Expo are at their final stage. One hundred exhibiting companies from United Kingdom, South Africa, Seychelles, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania will participate in this year event compared to the forty exhibitors who participated in the event last year which makes an increment of more than 100%. In addition, Forty-three International Hosted Buyers (Tour Operators, Packagers and Travel Agents, Wholesalers) including international Travel writers will fully participated in the three-day Expo (exhibition). The number of buyers has tremendously increased from Nineteen (19) of last year to 43 hosted buyers and travel writers. The hosted buyers will do a pre S!TE tour in Zanzibar and a post S!TE tour in Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
Two thousands visitors from Tanzania, Uganda, Seychelles, United States, United Kingdom, India, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, and Germany are expected to visit the S!TE event among them, are prominent media professionals, diplomats and travel trade executives. In its totality, leading tourism professionals, companies and other participants will attend or visit the Expo.
“As for Sponsorship we are very much pleased to also announce that Forty one 41 public and private companies have extended sponsorship for this year SITE in three categories namely Platinum, Gold and Silver,” says Devota. She named Ethiopian Airline as company whose sponsorship is in platinum category as has offered 25 international return tickets for hosted buyers from different countries to Tanzania attending Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE). Ethiopian Airline is the only sponsor in the platinum Category and it is sponsoring the Expo for the second time.
The companies in Gold Category are Fastjet, South African Airways, Ramada Hotels, Sopa Lodges, Fab cars and Gibbs Farm. The remaining thirty six (36) companies are under the Silver Category.
The EXPO will focus on inbound and outbound travel to Africa and will take the format of a travel and trade exhibition with a conference element, concentrating on topical tourism, sustainability, conservation and other market related issues. Presentations of tourism related topics will be made by different high profile international tourism speakers. There will also be a cultural pavilion which will form the eclectic heartbeat of the event; with a pulse that draws from the hidden treasures that lies within the continent. Cultural activities such as traditional dances performed by the Tumaini University, Arusha branch and Tanzanian music from Utalii Band, Dar es salaam will also be showcased during the event.