Cabinet assesses Vic Falls preps

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A HIGH-POWERED Cabinet team is expected in Victoria Falls today to assess the premier resort town’s preparedness to host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August ahead of a visit by the international body’s inspectors expected in the country next week.

Senior Reporter

The UN team will be in the country to assess the country’s state of preparedness to co-host the high-profile international tourism event alongside Zambia.

Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2011 won the bid to co-host the event in Victoria Falls and Livingstone on the Zambian side.

In an interview yesterday, Victoria Falls mayor and chairman of UNWTO local organising committee, Nkosilathi Jiyane, confirmed the visit by the inter-ministerial team.

“Yes, the inter-ministerial team is arriving tomorrow (today). Today (yesterday) there is a meeting of permanent secretaries of all ministries involved. The Cabinet team is there to assess the state of our preparedness to host the UNWTO indaba ahead of the visit by the body’s inspectors next week,” Jiyane said.

“I will be chairing the meeting briefing the Cabinet team about our preparedness.”

The UNWTO’s technical third inspectorate team visit would be a prelude to a final report to be presented in Serbia soon on both countries’ state of preparedness.

The UN inspectors are expected to meet the head of the Cabinet Committee on the hosting of the UNWTO indaba Vice-President Joice Mujuru and government officials.

Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi will later this month travel to Spain to finalise the programme for the assembly.