The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) inaugurated its annual convention in Cape Town, South Africa on August 12, which is underway until August 14, 2018. The four-day convention, themed as ‘Digitalisation – The Way Forward’ had James Vos, Shadow Minister, Tourism South Africa, grace the inaugural event. Vos said, “It is a great opportunity for us to network and find out the best practices in the industry. Technology is an important part of the discussion and very relevant today. As a sector, tourism needs to become more resilient and sustainable. For every 12 international arrivals, we create one job for the domestic population. We welcomed more than 1 million conference delegates to South Africa in 2018. That shows the type of tourism infrastructure we can offer.”
The association has also organised pre- and post-familiarisation trips to two different locations – from Sun City to Johannesburg to Garden Route and Kruger National Park. This year is special for South Africa because 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with year-long celebrations being organised. OTOAI has held its past conventions in Manila, Bali and Ras Al-Khaimah.