The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) recast the ITB Berlin 2017 that recently took place in Germany at the GICC on Thursday night. This was meant to have locals get a feel of what Botswana offered at the ITB Berlin show. President Ian Khama was among the audience. The Minster of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama said it was significant that Botswana made history by being an official partner of the ITB since many countries are jostling for that. He said the immediate benefit of being official partners of the ITB was a surge in tourists, something which they are already seeing. He recognised that over the past two years BTO has won numerous awards at prestigious worthy events. “We will continue to showcase Botswana and we are happy to have a team that is dedicated into serving this country,” he said. He applauded all the companies that partnered with them in making sure that ITB became a success, thanking further the Botswana ensemble team that comprised of 35 Batswana who excelled.
ITB 2017 was hailed as the best show in 10 years and Tshekedi Khama said that goes on to show the imperative role that they played as the partner. He thanked all Batswana who made the event a success because it is because of their massive efforts and these included Cynthia Mothelesi, Dawson Ramsden, Tafa Tafa, Tshepo Mmolele, Thabang Segaetsho and Andrew Kola. The team was led by Jillian Blackbeard. He said that they made show that they had stalls that represented different Batswana and that told a Botswana story. Veteran artist Wilson Ngoni who was part of the ITB contingent gave a glimpse of his creativity at the GICC as painted live, producing masterpieces of different kinds. Blackbeard said that they can only hope for better days to come.