March Events Calendar – Tourism KwaZulu-Natal


The elective three-day cruise conference will take place aboard the MSC Sinfonia from 4-6 March 2016 themed ‘Growing KZN’s Cruise Tourism Industry’.  The conference is expected to look at world trends and the framework of positioning and growing the cruise industry with particular focus on Durban. The cruise conference is taking place after the 1st Durban Maritime Summit that was held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 24-26


On 6 -7 March 2016 the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is driving the election campaigns for the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE). The campaign is to encourage all the South African citizens to register in order to participate in the up-coming LGE. 

AFRIWATER Conference (08-09 March)

The 2016 AFRIWATER conference is set to take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 08 – 09 March 2016. Many exhibiting brands and trade visitors are expected to attend to source for new products and services in the water supply and wastewater industry fields. This event is one of the best marketing platforms for promoting businesses and brand development. The event will exhibit water resource management, water quality, waste water management, access infrastructure, sanitation and developing technologies. The representatives from the national and provincial government departments, Municipalities, water professionals, water utilities and academia are expected to grace the event.

International Tourismus Börse (ITB) (9-13 March)

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) will participate in the World’s largest travel trade fair, International Tourismus Börse (ITB) taking place in Germany from 09 – 13 March 2016 under the theme ‘The digitalization of the travel industry’. ITB is an effective business platform where top decision-makers, experts, buyers and young professionals from around the world and every area of the touristic value-added chain meet to get information about important topics and the latest trends, establish business contacts and close global deals


Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 will be held from 14-17 March 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Centre. Formerly Cruise Shipping Miami, Seatrade Cruise Global is the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry. The cruise brings together buyers and suppliers for a four-day conference and three-day exhibition. The gathering draws more than 11,000 registered attendees, over 800 exhibiting companies from 93 countries and more than 300 international journalists to become cruise industry’s epicentre of ideas.

MIPM (Palaise des Festival, Canners France) (15-18 March)

The world’s leading property market MIPM will be held in Cannes, France from 15-18 March 2016. The event is anticipated to bring together the most influential players from all international property sectors offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. The aim of the  participation is to showcase tourism investment projects such as the Tinley Manor resort project at the events in order to attract potential investors and developers, as well as to position KZN to attract investors for a beach resort and hotel investment. This has been identified as a major gap in the Tourism Master Plan as KZN do not have resorts that can accommodate 300 beds, which is also the minimum requirement from an airlift and charter point of view.

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