From : Tourismupdate.co.za
30 January 2013
Hotels and lodges in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, are marking down their rates specifically for the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly in August, according to Glenn Stutchbury, President of the Zimbabwe Tourism Council.
“Some hotel operators have teamed up with tour and activities operators to show off Zimbabwe’s best before, during and after the assembly. Players in Victoria Falls understand the budget constraints most governments are facing and have come up with special rates for the civil servants who will attend the UNWTO,” said Stutchbury
“We’re going all out to ensure that the UNWTO visitors are blown away by their experience in Zimbabwe and we are working round the clock with all stakeholders to deliver total excellence.” He added that operators would consider further rate reductions if indications were that the conference turn-out would be strong.
He said refurbishments at the new Victoria Falls Safari Club, A’Zambezi Hotel and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge are complete, while refurbishments at the Victoria Falls Hotel, Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Kingdom Hotel and Elephant Hills Hotel will be completed before the conference.
“This is backed by a new state-of-the-art medical facility, and works by the power utility to upgrade Victoria Falls’ electricity supply by building a new electricity sub-station at Elephant Hills. The runway extension has been funded and works have started at Victoria Falls airport,” said Stutchbury.
“We are honoured to be hosting, together with Livingstone, Zambia, this prestigious gathering of the world’s top tourism policymakers. Naturally we feel obliged to deliver a conference that will make the entire African continent proud.”