By Kalungi Kabuye
DURBAN - Hundreds of tour operators and tourism officials from across the African continent are in the South African city of Durban as the Indaba 2014 Tourism and Travel Festival kicks off on Saturday.
In total more than 13,000 people are expected to attend the thee-day festival, which has more than 400 exhibitors from all the world.
Uganda is taking part in the festival for the very first time.
Other countries taking part are Angola, Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Indaba festival has been held for several years, but in the past included only countries from Souther Africa.
This is the first truly African travel and tourism festival.