Don’t forget to register for this year’s Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA), taking place ahead of the Tourism Indaba, at the Elangeni Hotel, in Durban from the 8th to the 10th May.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Shifting Gear’ and will focus on growth and economic development of the Southern African region.



One of HICA’s signature sessions – the Ministerial Dialogue – will once again be led by South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk.  The Minister is expected to be joined on the panel by his counterparts from Senegal, Mozambique and Zambia. In addition to the participation of the three ministers from immediate neighbouring countries in a ministerial dialogue, the three countries will be featured in the programme on various topics, highlighting their positive growth on the back of investment in the travel and tourism sectors.

Other issues that will be tackled at this year’s conference include: Bridging the gap between airlines, hoteliers and tour operators; The state of the regional and global hotel industry; The state of the safari industry; Market expansion into regional Africa; Achieving equity and diversity in the hotel sector; Spotlight on Mozambique’s thriving hospitality sector; Sustainable Tourism Certification and the State of the Safari Industry.

HICA attracts more than 300 heavyweights of the hotel-development industry, including hospitality experts from overseas. “HICA is a noted business-to-business networking platform which aims to facilitate dialogue about investment and developmental issues in the hotel and broader tourism industry,” said TBCSA chief executive, Mmatšatši Ramawela.

“While Indaba remains the largest tourism marketing exhibition platform in Africa, HICA provides an important platform for tourism operators and product owners to hone their knowledge and skills on hotel finance, investment, product development and packaging,” he said.

“This is the third year that we are hosting HICA in Durban, so we are expecting to see a record number of industry role players in attendance,” said Ramawela.

For more information go to www.hica.co.za

From: www.tourismupdate.co.za

Date: 2 May 2013