INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world. Close to 14 000 international delegates and members of the media visited INDABA 2012, in Durban this last month. …
- Lesotho is a land of contrasts
- High unemployment
- Many people live on less than a $1 a day
- More than 30% of the Adult population has HIV
- A lack of development and natural resource’s
And yet it is a country with a unique beauty unlike any other!
- Pristine natural environment
- unpolluted mountains and streams
- Friendly Basotho people who enjoy a simple subsistence living
- Wide open spaces and a complete absence of over development
“From the 9th to 13th March, the ITB (International tourism bourse), the world’s leading travel show took place in Berlin. The German market is one of Lesotho`s most important tourist markets.
Lesotho was represented by the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC), 3 private tour operators and Maliba Mountain Lodge. The Lesotho stand was located in the heart of the Africa hall, close to other tourist destinations like South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia etc. and had a steady flow of interested visitors. The stand was beautifully decorated by traditional Basotho craftwork, blankets, woven baskets and hats which made it a very unique and eye-catching attraction in the hall.
Stone throwing in Lesotho is luckily something that most travellers to the mountain Kingdom will never experience. Even so, it is an unpleasant situation for travellers and one that the LTDC (Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation) is diligently trying to stamp out.
For those that may not know, the LTDC is charged with a mandate to promote Lesotho as a preferred tourist destination, locally, regionally and internationally.
The authorities are aware of the benefits of tourism and are taking steps to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening in the future. Below is an extract from a letter written by the LTDC to a traveller who experienced such an incident. …