A high-powered United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) technical team is expected in Victoria Falls next week for final inspection of preparations ahead of the general assembly to be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in August.
The team will assess the two countries’ preparedness exactly eight weeks before the general assembly kicks off in the resort towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone from August 24 to 29.
Tourism minister Walter Mzembi said the four-member team will be led by UNWTO relations and services executive director Zoltan Somogyi.
Mzembi said the visit has no bearing on the two nations’ status as co-hosts, as they were officially endorsed as the official co-hosts by the executive council of the UNWTO at its 95th executive council meeting in Serbia last month.
“This is the final technical visit before the general assembly takes place and I must clarify that no inspection will take place,” Mzembi said.
But according to a programme for the visit, the team will inspect the venues, meeting rooms and offices in both countries.
|Fast facts about UNWTO 2013:|
|Dates||24th to 29th August 2013|
|Location||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia|
|General Assembly||20th session|
|Opening Ceremony||Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Closing Ceremony||Sun International Resort Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia|
“The general assembly is already ours and that won’t change, but the visit is just to fine-tune,” said Mzembi.
Mzembi said his ministry has received tremendous support from the private sector.
Zimbabwe requires about US$11 million for the event.
A visit to the site of the opening ceremony will be carried out on the Zimbabwean side, while another would be made to the site of the closing ceremony on the Zambian side.
The two host towns are located around one of the seven natural wonders of the world – The mighty Victoria Falls.
The two Countries are located in the Southern African region, which is one of the most beautiful, exotic, diverse and unique destinations in the world. Zambia and Zimbabwe, with its varied tapestry of landscapes, has something for every traveler, be it business, Conferences, adventure, wildlife, culture or cuisine.
Date: 21 June 2013