Boost your African business by offering knowledge and expertise to your clients!
Why apply to join the hosting programme?
- Meet over 200 exhibitors from around the continent
- Build and nurture new partnerships at the expo
- Discover a new understanding of Africa
- Enjoy authentic travel on our Kenya fam trips
- Inspire your clients with new and unique experiences
- Boost your business
You can choose your fam trip according to what your clients need.
Our fam trips highlight exciting parts of Kenya including:
Nairobi, Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Chyulu Hills, Samburu, Mount Kenya, Ol Pajeta, Laikipia, Rusinga Island, Diani, Mombasa, Malindi and Watamu.
Fam trip: 27 September 2019 – 01 October 2019
Expo: 02 – 04 October 2019
What is included?
- 50% of your international air fare is reimbursed*
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi during the expo
- Hosted pre-show fam trip in Kenya including transfers, accommodation and meals during your stay
WHAT DID OUR HOSTED BUYERS SAY ABOUT MKTE?
“It was an incredible fam trip and just amazing to experience some of the wonderful highlights Kenya has to offer – it certainly makes the desk job easier when speaking with clients! The MKTE exhibition was excellent and I really enjoyed meeting with lots of useful suppliers.” Africa Travels (UK)
“This exhibition was one of the best organised shows that I have ever attended. Thank you very much.”
“Great organisation, Really valuable Fam Trip.” Farscape (France)
“It was a great show and I will definitely be back in the next couple years! Great show and great destination. I am already working on our strategy for Kenya and this will hopefully prove to be successful with our agents and clients.” SA Sports Tours (South Africa)
“So many people have contributed in so many ways to turn this event into a smooth running meeting with many very interesting presentations and a very good atmosphere for discussion and networking. I owe much gratitude to MKTE & KTB for selecting Nairobi as the venue, to the MKTE Team for giving structure to the program and for organizing it. The FAM trips, our stay & transfers, Gala Dinner and all arrangements were perfect in every order. Looking forward to have long term business relationships.” YES Team (India)
“I loved my time at MKTE and found it incredibly beneficial! I met so many new people, saw old faces and re-established contacts, and had the most divine fam trip with Governors! Thank you for the opportunity to attend, it was wonderful and I just love Kenya and her people. I would like to pass my highest compliments to the MKTE crew on the ground in Nairobi – each and every one of you were friendly, available, accommodating, informative and I felt like nothing was too much trouble and I was amazed how you knew all our names too!” Pulse Africa (South Africa)
“The show was so amazing! I already have made more bookings for the destination.” Go Explore (Uganda)
“A wonderful visit – really was great to be able to experience Kenya and now able to do more qualified comparison with South Africa.” The Travel & Cruise Company (Australia)
“After an amazing time in Kenya, plenty of new contacts and very interesting meetings and after worktime, only a couple of words to say Thank you.” Descubre Viajes (Spain)
“The quality of exhibitors were superb, I had very productive meetings. Thank you!” Air Tours Club (Poland)
“MKTE is an excellent platform to forge new partnerships and share creative ideas for incentive programs to benefit, ultimately my corporate clients and the end users. I believe the MKTE show will only continue to be better and bigger in the years to come, with every one of its organisers, exhibitors and buyers working together to promote Kenya as a world class destination with stunning visitation values! Thank you for this opportunity.” La Global Travel (Malaysia)
To apply as a hosted buyer, please complete the online application and ensure that your details are captured correctly for ease of communication moving forward. Please complete all the required fields.
MKTE’s evaluation committee may request additional information to verify your application. This information will be reviewed confidentially and will not be shared with other parties. Telephonic interviews may be required.
Applicants should fall into one of the following categories:
- Tour operator (focus on outbound from your country)
- DMC (focus on outbound from your country)
- Independent travel agent
- Incentive buyer
- Online booking company
To qualify as a hosted buyer, you must meet the following criteria that has been set by the evaluation committee of MKTE:
- Your organisation currently includes, or has future plans to include new products, partners and experiences in Africa in your brochures or tour itineraries;
- You, personally, have purchasing authority to include new products in your offering, and have permission from your employer to travel;
- You have not previously / recently been hosted at MKTE (preference will be given to new buyers);
- Your country is included in Kenya’s list of priority focus markets;
- You are prepared to pay 50% of your international flight.
All applications need to be completed in English. Those applications which are not completed in English will be disregarded. Any interviews will take place via telephone in English. If you are not the final decision maker, you may be asked to provide the contact information for this person.
On submission, your application will be considered by the evaluation committee and you will receive notification in writing regarding the status of your application.
Successful applicants will move forward with travel planning and matchmaking for the pre-scheduled appointments. You will be expected to upload a copy of your passport and airline ticket in order to start the process of regional travel.
We wish you all the best for your application.