World Travel Market Africa’s Hosted Buyer programme is a facilitated networking programme which maximises business opportunities for qualified buyers, helping grow a network of reliable, high-quality suppliers at the African continent’s premiere B2B travel trade market.

With more than 700 exhibiting companies at WTM Africa covering the full spectrum of the travel industry – and just three days to make important contacts – the Hosted Buyer programme is a focussed package that offers exclusive access to a host of events that deliver quality connections. The Hosted Buyer programme allows participants to enjoy exclusive networking events; save time by meeting and doing business in one place with a range of high quality regional and international suppliers of their choosing; keep up to date with the latest market trends and innovations via presentations from industry leaders and top experts on the Events Programme; share knowledge and thoughts with like-minded travel professionals around the world, gain new insights and develop ideas and gain access to numerous networking platforms which will help cultivate new business contacts.

Image: WTM Africa’s Hosted Buyers Programme is a facilitated networking package which maximises business opportunities. 

Central to the Hosted Buyer programme is an online appointment scheduling system, where participants will be able to schedule one-on-one meeting time with quality, matched suppliers with ease, and also block out vital conference spots to attend key sessions. The ever-popular Speed Networking sessions are also an essential element, allowing participants to make the best possible use of their time. Participants will also have exclusive access to the Buyers’ Lounge, which provides complimentary refreshments, lunch and Wi-Fi in a relaxed environment.

Participation in the Hosted Buyer programme is subject to a stringent vetting process, via an online ‘Registration of Interest’ process and subject to strict qualifying criteria, including:  

  • Applicants must be senior travel industry professionals with responsibility for contracting or have direct purchasing authority.
  • Evidence of past business in Africa and desire to expand in the African continent.
  • Must be able to demonstrate sufficient business growth in the African continent in the last year.
  • Represent an established organisation within the travel industry.
  • Must be able to provide references from South African organisations you have conducted business with in the last year.
  • Must have an annual budget for consolidated spend in South Africa.

If the initial registration shows that the applicant meets the criteria, they will be invited to continue with an application process and agree to the terms and conditions of participation in the Hosted Buyers’ programme.


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