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From : Tourismupdate.co.za
20 June 2012
The transformation of Victoria Falls, in preparation for next year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) global summit is well under way, according to the Africa Albida Tourism Group.
“This will be the most massive boost and showpiece ever experienced by Zimbabwe tourism,” said Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive of Africa Albida Tourism Group.
Taleb Riafi, UNWTO Secretary General, said the global community were greatly looking forward to the summit.
A $150-million project to lengthen the runway at Victoria Falls International Airport to handle larger aircraft has commenced and water pipes are being laid by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority from the Zambezi River to the airport for the construction process. A new international terminal and tower are also being built.
There is also going to be a $2.5-million rehabilitation of trunk and council roads and a $15-million rehabilitation of water and sewage works. The Victoria Falls Hospital is also undergoing a major $6-million expansion.
Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, is also currently undergoing renovations. The group is spending $2.7 million on the construction of the Victoria Falls Safari Club, a new luxury wing that features 20 rooms, including four suites. The club is set to open on schedule in August after construction began late last year.