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South African Airways – WTM® Africa’s official host country carrier

South African Airways – WTM® Africa’s official host country carrier ( Africa’s leading carrier, South African Airways (SAA), will be assisting in bringing a vast selection of exhibitors, visitors and hosted buyers from around the world to Africa’s largest inbound and outbound show, WTM® Africa, next week in Cape Town. WTM® Africa 2015 is the leading business-to-business exhibition on the continent and will be taking place at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) from April15-17.

WTM Africa’s inaugural event in 2014 recorded remarkable results which saw approximately 4,000 industry professionals negotiate deals worth $314 million (£189 million). 2015’s exhibition is set to exceed expectations and surpass 2014’s statistics, making this premier showcase a worthwhile exhibition for all stakeholders.
“We welcome participants such as buyers, media and travel trade professionals from across the continent and worldwide to this premier event on the annual travel calendar. Partnering with WTM® Africa to drive tourism is particularly important during challenging economic times when we have to collectively do all we can to stimulate growth,” says Nico Bezuidenhout, SAA Acting Chief Executive Officer.

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and ten intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for twelve consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.

“As the African and international travel industry prepares to descend on Cape Town next week, WTM® Africa 2015 and our partners look forward to providing all stakeholders with an outstanding experience from start to finish. Together with SAA, the show will assist in further promoting Africa’s exceptional travel industry services” comments Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director for Thebe Reed Exhibitions.

Have you preregistered to attend WTM® Africa 2015 yet? If not, now’s your chance as WTM® Africa will be giving away a Go Pro Hero 4 at a live draw on Friday, April 17, on the show floor. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win this fantastic prize! ( ) T’s and C’s Apply. Fast track your way in to WTM Africa by downloading your e-badge and avoid onsite queues and paying the onsite R800 registration fee. Register –

WTM® Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week which comprises of three co-located industry events namely International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa, International Business Travel Market (IBTM) and Word Travel Market® (WTM®) Africa.

About Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week comprises three co-located shows – WTM Africa, IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa - encompassing Africa’s inbound and outbound markets for general leisure travel, luxury tourism, and the MICE/business travel sector under RTE’s established portfolios of WTM (World Travel Market), ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) and IBTM (Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings).

Dates for Africa Travel Week (#africatravelweek) 2015 are:

• ILTM Africa ( 13-15 April 2015

• IBTM Africa ( 13 – 15 April 2015

• WTM Africa ( 15 – 17 April 2015

About World Travel Market Africa

WTM Africa in Cape Town, South Africa attracts more than 3,000 of the most senior executives interested in the African travel industry. £314 million of new business was conducted at the inaugural event in 2014 between almost 400 exhibitors and almost 300 buyers, thanks in part to 5,353 pre-scheduled business appointments.

WTM Africa is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM Portfolio of events, which also includes World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market Africa.

About World Travel Market (WTM)

World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.

Almost 52,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.

WTM, now in its 36th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals. WTM 2014 will generate around £2.5 billion of travel industry contracts.
World Travel Market is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s WTM portfolio, which also includes Arabian Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America and World Travel Market Africa.

WTM Portfolio

The World Travel Market Portfolio is comprised of the leading leisure travel events in the world; World Travel Market in London, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo, WTM Africa in Cape Town and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The WTM Portfolio’s events are attended by the global travel and tourism industry’s senior executives to conduct business deals and discover the latest research, insight and opinion.

In 2014, the WTM Portfolio facilitated around $7 billion in industry deals from negotiations between the more than 15,000 buyers, 9,500 exhibitors (1,500 main stand holders and 8,000 stand sharers) in attendance of its four events.

WTM is owned by the worldʼs leading events organizer Reed Exhibitions.

About Thebe Reed Exhibitions
Thebe Reed Exhibitions is a joint venture agreement between Thebe Tourism Group Pty Limited and Reed Exhibitions. It is Southern Africa’s most forward thinking and successful exhibition and venue management company responsible for exhibitions such as the Africa Travel Week consisting of WTM Africa, ILTM Africa and IBTM Africa; the Business Entrepreneurship and Franchise Expo; Decorex SA; 100% Design South Africa; Gauteng Motor Fest; the Investment and Property Expo; Mediatech Africa and Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE). Thebe Reed Exhibitions aims to provide the best platform for showcasing industries and nurturing business and networking opportunities on the African continent.

About Reed Travel Exhibitions

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel. RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions

About Reed Exhibitions

WTM Portfolio is part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, which is owned by the worldʼs leading events organizer Reed Exhibitions (RE).

In 2014, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

MEDIA CONTACTS:Lloyd Orr Communications, Tel: +27 11 702 9601, Shelley Martin, ; Chantal Nieuwenhuizen,

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