AFRICA Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy has won a prestigious Zimbabwe Council for Tourism award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of this country’s travel and tourism sector.
BY BUSINESS REPORTER
Kennedy was presented with the Tourism Personality of the Year Award by Deputy Minister of Tourism Walter Kanhanga at Meikles Hotel last Friday during the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) Harvergal Marketing Tourism Achievers Awards 2015 dinner.
Kennedy, who is also chairman of the African Travel and Tourism Association, said receiving the award was a great honour.
“Being recognised by one’s professional peer group is always the finest tribute, and I am sincerely humbled. The team we have at Africa Albida Tourism makes my role so much easier and this allows us to have big ambitions and set greater goals, not only for ourselves, but for the tourism industry.” Kennedy said.
In his acceptance speech, Kennedy said the job of promoting Zimbabwe was made much easier by the fact that it was such an incredible country so rich in natural resources.
“Right now and for the last six-and-a-half years we have also been blessed with a minister, deputy minister and ministry who are incredibly ambitious, who are dreamers and are all about looking forward,” he said.
AAT group chairman Dave Glynn described Kennedy as “a tower of strength and a just and earnest leader who carries the Africa Albida Tourism and Zimbabwe flag very proudly”.
“We are extremely privileged to have Ross as our leader,” Glynn said.
ZCT president Francis Ngwenya said Kennedy was a business personality and hotelier with a record of service to the travel and tourism sector dating back more than 35 years.
“He has been at the forefront of international promotion of Zimbabwe, especially Victoria Falls, and has been active in public affairs in the sector to the benefit of operators throughout the country,” Ngwenya said.