By Chimwemwe Mangazi:
The 2019 Takulandirani Tourism Expo ended on a high on Saturday afternoon, with exhibitors expressing contentment with linkages established and business deals secured during the event.
The three-day event allowed over 80 local and regional players in the industry to showcase their products and services to 41 international buyers from countries across the world.
Director of Tourism in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Isaac Katopola, described this year’s event as successful, saying all the activities that were on the programme were carried out and have brought tangible results.
“We not only hosted quality buyers but also showcased Malawi ’s cuisines and musical talent at Malawi Night. The buyers have now gone to places of interest to sample what is on offer in other parts of the country.
“Through the speed networking sessions, local operators have interacted with all the buyers and this has helped them to establish linkages with the buyers that can bring in tourists to Malawi. Others have even agreed on the number of groups of tourists that the buyers would be bringing into Malawi later in the year and beyond,” Katopola said.
A representative of Kayak Africa, one of the local exhibitors, Joseph Kamanje, said more tourists had been patronising their lodges at Mumbo and Domwe islands in Cape Maclear since they started participating in the expo.
Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust Programmes Officer, Kondwani Chamwala, said the number of visitors they receive had significantly grown since the expo initiative was introduced three years ago.
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