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International endorsement for Zim

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Zimbabwe has forged a tripartite alliance with the United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) and World and Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) ahead of hosting of the General Assembly in 2013.

The three reaffirmed their commitment to ensure the General Assembly be a success at a meeting held on the sidelines of the World Travel Market, the United Kingdom’s tourism fair.

The tourism and hospitality meeting took the opportunity to reaffirm the Zimbabwean government’s commitment to co-hosting the event with Zambia.

He told the meeting President Robert Mugabe had already been briefed about the conference and a report had also been tabled to Cabinet on the planned international conference.

“The UNWTO and the WTTC agreed to further consult on the programming of the event and introduction of a WTTC thematic item on the General Assembly programme,” Tourism ministry said in a statement.

At the close of the General Assembly meeting that endorsed Zimbabwe-Zambia to host the 2013 meeting UNWTO secretary general Talib Rifai said the two countries’ bid was the only serious, complete and comprehensive one, beating bids submitted by powerhouses like Russia, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar.

“Since Zimbabwe and Zambia deposited their bid with us at our headquarters in Madrid, Spain, about two months ago, we were very worried and we studied it carefully. After three or four days, we realised the bid was complete, comprehensive and serious,” said Rifai.

“It was a good job well done and well explained. There was no question of any sort not answered.
“So this bid has gone to Africa. It has gone to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

I am personally eagerly awaiting the opportunity to be at the Victoria Falls for the UNWTO. Zimbabwe and Zambia become the second hosts in Africa to win the bid after Senegal in 2005.”

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