The Limpopo Birding Routes was represented by Lisa Martus, David Letsoalo and Andre Steenkamp (a birder and environmental educator who was running Wakkerstroom and is now based in Durban) at the Tourism Indaba in Durban this year. The Limpopo Stand was better than ever with beautiful signboards and a professional look. Our position was excellent and we were able to entice a larger number of passing trade to the stalls. The eye-catching banners with Joe and Derek's photographs of birds and bird eyes were a great hit, as were the t-shirts designed by Joe and organised by Lisa Grosel. We certainly made some valuable business contacts and have set up important partnerships. The Limpopo Tourism Association is also interested in formalising a partnership which may result in Joe Grosel and David Letsoalo attending the British Bird Fair.
David is a wonderful ambassador for the Limpopo Birding Routes, while behind the scenes, Jody spent many hours updating the Limpopo Birding website, Lisa Grosel phoned many of the Limpopo Birding Destinations on the routes and got the T-shirts branded in time for the event, Joe and Lisa Martus re-worked the map and Nick sorted out the finances while San3 was a lifesaver on the computer side of things.
Articles on the Limpopo Birding Routes appeared in the Indaba publication and we created a lot of interest when Andre played his bagpipes as Limpopo Birding Routes left Indaba 2015
In addition to this, we benefitted enormously from the informative and extremely beneficial Tech Talks and Information Forums. These were presented by the leading figures in their field and provided us with extremely valuable information. The networking opportunities were enormous, particularly with the theme of Responsible Tourism where the Limpopo Birding Routes are recognised as influential role-players.
We were happy to see many representatives from around Africa, including Ethiopia, Botswana, Namibia , Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania as well as European representatives from Germany, Finland, France, the Netherlands and the Uk. We also received a lot of interest from the American representatives but it was the new interest from Chinese delegates which was the biggest new market we accessed in the 2015 Tourism Indaba.
We feel that the 2015 Tourism Indaba was a great success in terms of showcasing the Limpopo Birding Routes as preferred providers of quality experiences for Birders and Responsible Tourists.
Thanks to Joe, Jody Derek, Nick, San3 and Lisa for all they do to keep the Limpopo Birding Routes going.