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Zambia and Zimbabwe have signed an agreement to start preparatory works for the joint hosting of the 2013 World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.
The United Nations WTO 20th General Assembly is slated for Livingstone and Victoria Falls cities in October 2013.
This follows the successful approval of the joint bid by Zambia and Zimbabwe at the just ended 19th UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, South Korea.
Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda and his Zimbabwean counterpart Walter Mzembi signed the working pact at Hyundai Hotel in Gyeongju, South Korea.
And the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly which commenced on the 8th October at Hyundai Hotel in Gyeongju, has officially closed.
Among key agenda items was the approval of the Zambia Zimbabwe joint bid to host the next UNWTO General Assembly in the twin tourist capitals of Livingstone and Victorial Falls.
And speaking soon after witnessing the signing of the communique, UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai pledged the world tourism board’s full support towards the hosting of the 2013 global tourism event.
Dr Rifai said UNWTO is determined to make the next General Assembly a truly memorable African event.
He says Zambia and Zimbabwe have been put on the international spot light following the approval of the joint bid to host the UNWTO General Assembly.
The Zambia delegation to the UNWTO General Assembly included Director of Tourism in the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Justine Wake, Zambia Tourism Board Managing Director Felix Chaila and Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan Mbikusita Lewanika.