United Nations World Tourism Organisation

United Nations World Tourism Organisation

From : Znccharare.co.zw    

14 March 2013

African Sun has said the Elephant Hills hotel conference facilities are adequate for the UNWTO general assembly to be held in August. CE Shingi Munyeza told FinX the resort hotel has the ability to host the general assembly as the main assembly will be held in a marquee to be set up in the grounds as was submitted by the government in their bid to the UNWTO.

The comments follow remarks by Finance minister Tendai Biti that there were still issues around the conference facility to be used for the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony, according to Biti is expected to have around 2 000 guests (ZTA’s Karikoga Kaseke puts this figure at around 600)

The minister said there was need to put up additional facilities and African Sun had the capacity to put these up on short notice. Biti said the group had an IDC loan, guaranteed by CBZ.  However it is unlikely that a semi-permanent structure, which takes about four-five months to construct can be constructed in time for the assembly.

Munyeza said any need for additional structures will have to be discussed by the Finance ministry and Tourism ministry.

Biti also said government would have to make further capital injections towards, a fibre-optic link between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, which will cost $7.9 mln, the runway at Vic Falls Airport at $4.5 mln, two generators and the 900m stretch at the Vic Falls Bridge at a cost of $1 mln.

Work on the projects had already started.

Biti said the ministry had availed $750 000 for the Tourism ministry to use for publicity.

“The challenge is on legacy infrastructure in the resort town. But this can’t be solved by government. It is a private sector issue,” said Biti.