Countdown to UNWTO
Countdown to UNWTO
The countdown to the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly,24-29 August, has begun in earnest with infrastructure improvements and hotel refurbishments well under way on both sides of the river.
Zimbabwe Tourism Minister, Engineer Walter Mzembi, depicted the event as“a wedding ceremony” forthe two towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone.Victoria Falls has been a hive of activity with both the public and private sectors undertaking projects to ensure that visitors will have a “uniquely African experience” during theirstay.
The Zimbabwe Council for Tourism is satisfied with the preparatory work for hosting the conference. More than US$16 million is being spent by hotels including the A’Zambezi which has already been completed, with ongoing works to upgrade Victoria Falls Safari Lodge,Victoria Falls Hotel,Elephant Hills,The Kingdom, Rainbow Hotel,Ilala Lodge and the complete rebranding and refurbishment of the new Cresta Sprayview Hotel.
Public works include extensions to the resort’s airport,widening and resurfacing of roads,construction of a new electricity substation,installation of a new water pipeline, improvements to fibre-optic links and bandwidth availability, and upgrades to the Victoria Falls Hospital.
“We are determined to achieve all we set out to do and we know how much this means to Zimbabwe,” said ZCT President Glenn Stutchbury. “This is an opportunity to put the sector on a pedestal when the spotlight will be on Victoria Falls in particular and on the whole of southern Africa in general.”
“Tourism operators are looking forward to this event, which will have a major impact on business and will have longer term advantage for the regional travel and tourism sector.”
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and the private sector’s Joint Marketing Committee has gone into cyberspaceusinge-marketing tools for destination database development in readiness to leverage the publicity arising out of hosting the biggest conferencein the tourism calendar.
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Zambezi Traveller (Issue 13, June 2013)