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 African business by offering knowledge and expertise to your clients!
Fam trip: –
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
You can choose your fam trip according to what your clients need.
All hosted buyers are offered an opportunity to experience Kenya on authentic 3-day fam trips. These itineraries are sponsored by over 50 of the best Kenyan suppliers. MKTE highlights memorable experiences for our international buyers in line with the key objectives of the Kenya Tourism Agenda 2018 – 2022.
The 2019 fam trips featured 30 highlights of the country, aiming to demonstrate diversity of the destination.
Aberdare National Park, Amboseli National Park, Chale Island, Chyulu Hills National Park, Diani, Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kisumu, Laikipia, Lake Baringo National Park, Lake Elmenteita, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Victoria, Lodo Springs, Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Mfangano Island, Mombasa, Mount Kenya, Nairobi, Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, Selenkay Conservancy, Shaba Game Reserve, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Tsavo West National Park and Watamu.
WHAT DID OUR HOSTED BUYERS SAY ABOUT MKTE 2019?
“I felt that this was one off the best Expos, I have attended. I made some good connections that will help me grow my business to Kenya.”
Absolutely Amazing Travel, Susan Rudolph – USA
“I’m very happy for all organization and matchmaking that have helped us a lot for the networking. It was a real pleasure to attend to this event.”
World Explorer S.R.L., Corradini Simone – Italy
“I have to praise the organisation of the actual travel show–it ran like clockwork. I got to know a lot of new things about products in Kenya and all of East Africa, and now I will be able to actively promote the destination. Nothing better than personal experience.”
Prazsky Klub Tour Operator, Tereza Kminkova – Czech Republic
“Just would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for an amazing MKTE! The show is absolutely worth coming and very well organized. On Show did a great job!”
Amazing Africa, Mirjam Meyer – South Africa
“Thanks for inviting us and giving us opportunity to attend the magnificent MAGICAL KENYA. The event and fam trip was amazing and very fruitful to us, we had great meetings with suppliers.”
Shree Harshil Tours, Pravin Shah – India
“I had a seamless experience and was able to make valuable connections. I also found the market presentations to be useful and interesting.”
TCS World Travel, Sarah Sievert – USA
“The exhibition was very amazing and I got a lot of product knowledge about Kenya and got good networking opportunities with all the Exhibitors. Thank you very much for your warm hospitality.”
Harshil Holidays, Pooja Desai – India
“Everything was effortless in the build up and only improved from there. The supplier spread and meetings were hugely beneficial and the show fantastically run. A massive thank you for the opportunity and for the brilliance of the entire experience. My time at MKTE and with the special people of Kenya means we will certainly be committing to sending further clients and business to Kenya.”
Satori Africa, Mark Bland – South Africa
“Magical Kenya was an amazing show and am grateful l got the opportunity to see the other side of Kenya tourism l didn’t know. Thank you so so much.”
About Africa, Amanda Lwanga – Uganda
“Thank you so very much ladies for the amazing job that you have done with my meetings.”
The Pug and Parrot Luxury Travel, Sherry Childress-Heard – USA
“Thank you for on behalf of Kahera Travels for an unforgettable experience, the organization was impeccable.”
Kahera Travels, Sam Nshosha – Nigeria
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
- Meetings, Association or 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 been hosted at the last edition of MKTE (preference will be given to new buyers or alternate representatives);
- Your country is included in Kenya’s list of priority focus markets for this year’s hosting programme;
- 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.