MapThe Hwange Local Board has finished rehabilitating major roads under its jurisdiction ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly to be held this August, a senior official has said. Chief executive Ndumiso Mdlalose said the town had finished sprucing up for the general assembly.

“We have completed all that we had planned to do,” he said.

The mining town anticipates that some of the UNWTO delegates will pass through while others might put up overnight when they visit the adjacent Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the UNWTO General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone respectively from August 24-29.

Fast facts about Hwange Town:
Population Approx. 35 000
Highest elevation 770 meters
Province Matabeleland North
Location Approx. 100km South East of Victoria Falls
Close to Hwange National Park Largest National Park in Zimbabwe, 14 651


It would be the second time that the UNWTO General Assembly would be held in Africa after Senegal hosted it in 2007.

The event, which is expected to attract delegates from 186 countries, will be the largest gathering in Zimbabwe since the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of State and Government in the resort town, about two decades ago.

The general assembly is the supreme organ of the UNWTO.



Date: 8 July 2013