Nothing like an expo to get you all fired up and passionate about what the exhibitors are exhibiting, and in this instance it was the annual KZN Travel & Adventure Show (KZNTAS) held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from the 08 – 10 July 2016.
We decided to go today, the final day, and unlike most other Expos which start winding down, and appearing rather tired on the final day, the vibe and enthusiasm felt by the attendees and given off by the staff manning the stalls was anything but tired and limp. Also although we received complimentary tickets to attend, the R85 entrance fee would have been a steal, as this year’s show was co-hosted with the annual East Coast Radio KZN House & Garden Show, a perennial favourite on the KwaZulu-Natal What-to-Do Calendar. So not only did we get to see what this magnificent province of KwaZulu-Natal has to offer us as locals or tourists, but we got to see the very best in garden and home offerings. Truly a show well worth attending.
…the hospitable stall owners didn’t need much wanderlust dust off the tips of their marketing wands to ignite that inner nomad within all of us, enticing prospective visitors to their resorts, hotels and establishments…
Being more interested in the travel side of things the KZNTAS, on it’s own, was just perfect. Well organized, professionally presented and heartily enjoyed by, I’m sure, all who attended.
There’s a special kind of feeling, almost magical, within the tourism and travel industry, a feeling and enthusiasm that can’t be faked or forced. This feeling is infectious, as the hospitable stall owners didn’t need much wanderlust dust off the tips of their marketing wands to ignite that inner nomad within all of us, enticing prospective visitors to their resorts, hotels and establishments. It would seem that people are naturally excited even just at the prospect of planning to get away for a holiday or a weekend break, letting down their guard and becoming more open, relaxed and sociable. Remember that feeling of being a kid on holiday at the seaside, well I’m sure I saw that same twinkle of excitement in many people’s eyes today. Clearly in this day and age, people are more and more desperate to get away from it all, whether it be a weekend away in the Drakensberg or a day trip out to the majestic Midlands Meander, a drive down memory lane in the Battlefields or even just outings and things to do in vibrant Durban. The offers on display certainly didn’t disappoint and there were destinations and packages for all tastes and budgets.
From witnessing a shark dissection, compliments of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, to literally fishing for a discount at the Royal Jozini Big 6 Reserve (I managed to hook the Tiger Fish, scoring me a 25% discount – woot woot), and so many other competitions, many involving selfies, hashtags and social media pages, being held by literally all the accommodation establishments, with great prizes on offer, the buzz was electric.
We arrived home pooped, but well fed – such a huge variety of good fresh food on offer to suit all tastes – with our goodie bags stocked with pamphlets, brochures, keyrings, stickers and pens, providing us with so much information to plan our weekends and holidays for a long time to come. So apart from a fully stocked goodie bag, our inspiration tanks, to get out and explore has also been filled to the brim.
I can confidently state that South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province certainly has so much to offer its residents and its visitors. Well done KZN Tourism for pulling off such a wonderful show and reviving our passion to explore, wander and experience this great province through fresh eyes. KwaZulu-Natal watch out here we come…
We’ll definitely be there next year, hope to see you all at the 2017 KZN Adventure & Travel Show.