The curtain came down on a successful 43rd Edition of the Feria Internacional de Turismo/International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain on Sunday. The fair which kicked off last week on Wednesday and ran for five days saw Zimbabwe Tourism Authority exhibiting and showcasing the destination to the global travel market.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive, Ms. Winnie Muchanyuka, says the exhibition was a success for destination Zimbabwe.
“Firstly, we’re happy to have been part of the show’s physical re-opening since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s edition was attended by the tourism professionals and the key trade for inbound and outbound tourism from the globe and most importantly, the Spanish-speaking market,” she said.
“We collaborated with Spanish operators on our stand in an effort to explore the market to see if we can entice arrivals into the destination and prop up our receipts as we seek to measure up to our targets. We were over-ornated on engagements with markets such as Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, etc. The idea is to put our best foot forward in reaching our various markets, particularly where we see a potential of traction and growth,” she added.
Muchanyuka added that the organisation was also out to seek potential partners in the digital space for digital marketing, market research data, and analysis services.
“We met with a wide range of tech companies such as Booking.Com, Expedia, Amadeus with the view of creating relatively cheaper destination marketing and communication options. We’re keen to explore data analysis as a business intelligence tool. This is to allow for more accurate customer behavioural traits which in turn will make our marketing efforts more directed. In this regard, we met a few companies that offer these services,” said Muchanyuka.
The five-day global travel show attracted more than 10 487 companies from 165 countries, 142 642 trade visitors, and 110 848 general public. Sustainability, innovation, and cutting-edge trends were at the core of its theme. Part of the fair’s objective is to contribute to the revitalisation and growth of the tourism business.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism & Hospitality Industry together with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority were joined by tourism players from the private sector at the Fair as they sought to re-engage tourism wholesalers and business tourism players in considering Zimbabwe as an ideal place for Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences and Exhibitions as well as a leading leisure activities destination.