From 7 to 10 May 2018, the South African tourism industry hosted the annual Africa’s Travel Indaba at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and the tourism industry as it showcases the variety of Africa’s best tourism products, attractions and African stories, such as the story of Goree Island which lies off the coast of Senegal. From the 15th to the 19th century, Goree Island was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Today it serves as a reminder of human exploitation and a sanctuary for reconciliation and attracting tourists from across the world. The continent now has 129 World Heritage Sites. This year’s Indaba also focused on how integrating regional tourism can be used as a tool for economic development. The representatives of 22 African countries that attended the Indaba also explored the role of governments in creating a conducive environment for regional tourism integration, and the role of the private sector and investors in developing regional tourism products and promoting growth.
In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on the demographic profile of adolescents in South Africa. It covers adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years and focuses on adolescent population distribution, birth rate, motherhood, mortality and causes of death, educational attainment and access to household services. Also have a look at our monthly crossword and solutions for the April 2018 puzzle.
Articles published in this issue are based on results of industry surveys conducted for the months ranging from February to March 2018.
Download Mbalo Brief – May 2018