By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent
Venue is once again the Arusha Magereza showground, where exhibitors from across the region and as far as the Seychelles and Southern Africa will be meeting buyers from across the world who have learned to appreciate the wide variety of offers and opportunities to contract services and rates for the next year.
As has become customary over the years, the first day, June 6, will be dedicated to trade visitors only, requiring registration in advance, though the two remaining days are open for visitors from Arusha and beyond. Karibu was initially launched by TATO, the country’s primary private sector association for tour and safari operators, to promote exclusively the Tanzanian safari and beach circuits but swiftly outgrew the initial brief and expanded into the region’s premier event, incorporating the 5 East African Community member states and then widening the scope even further when exhibitors from many other African countries began to frequent the trade show. Supported by the Tanzania Tourist Board and the Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, the annual event has grown in leaps and bounds and as space for exhibitors is at high demand, it will be first come first serve to be allocated the preferred stand size and location.