UNWTO happy with Vic Falls preparations

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VICTORIA FALLS — The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) inspectorate team yesterday expressed satisfaction with the preparations made by the country ahead of its general assembly to be held in the premier resort town later this year.

Report by Richard Muponde Senior Reporter

The two-man team made up of UNWTO chief of conferences Munir Rayes and regional director for Africa Ousmane Ndiaye arrived at Victoria Falls International Airport from Harare on board an Air Zimbabwe plane.

The technical visit is the third towards the countdown to the international tourism indaba.

They were accompanied by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality, Margret Sangarwe, Ministry of Public Works permanent secretary George Mlilo and Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development permanent secretary Munesu Munodawafa.

The team is reviewing the preparedness of the country in co-hosting the 20th session of the UNWTO general assembly slated for August 24.

The team inspected the airport’s terminal among other areas. Rayes told a Press conference that he was impressed by the level of preparedness of Zimbabwe to host the high-profile tourism event.

“The impression we have is good,” he said.

“We are here to see if things are on track and discuss with the Zimbabwean officials.

“So we are going to check the facilities which will be used during the conference and, like I said in Harare, the impression is good.”

On Monday, the team met Acting President Joice Mujuru, who updated them on the preparations and reiterated Zimbabwe’s commitment to the hosting of the premier world tourism event.

Today the team leaves for Livingstone, Zambia — which will co-host the event — where it will assess facilities and meet Zambian officials before departing for Madrid, Spain, on Saturday.