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  • Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo

    We normally avoid any city bound trips (we'd really much rather be in the bush). But after getting to know some of the ZTA team when they spent several days at Gwango, we took a keen interest in the Sanganai/Hlanganani Expo which was slated for 6-8 September 2018.  We signed up for an exhibit booth and blocked off several days for the trip to the city of Bulawayo..

    I really didn’t know what to expect, after all, this was a locally organized event which had not been hosted in Bulawayo for several years... but my excitement grew as we started planning.  First there was the design of our postcard – the first time Gwango has had to create any form of print advertising (most of our guests come to us by word of mouth).

    We worked with a local print shop in Bulawayo to produce the backdrop for our ‘stand’ or exhibit booth.  Gary, from Sandford Signs was just super patient and full of advice and when I stopped into his shop to approve the design, I could see that there were several other tourist destinations ramping up for the big event.. (excitment growing!!!)

    The event has been well worth the effort.  Just some of the highlights included a speed networking session during which Danny and I met one-on-one with tour operators and travel agents from all over the world. Also of great benefit was the opportunity to get to know Zimbabwean tour operators and travel industry representatives. For example – I got to chat with some of the ZTA Board members when they stopped by our booth (they’d heard about us from Ambassador Virginia).  Several of the Zimbabwe National Parks representatives passed by to learn more about Gwango - and there were lots publicity contacts in attendance.

    My favourite conversations were with the local hotel and catering students and also the school children that got to come to the event.. 

    It was like our first dance... a chance to talk with everyone about Gwango.

    Thanks, ZTA for putting on a great event.  We look forward to 2019.