Ninety-Nine Livingstone residents have graduated as tour guides in readiness for the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in August this year.
Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe will co-host the UNTWO conference from August 24 to 29, 2013.
The 99 tour guides, who comprised 64 males and 35 females, successfully completed a three-week course in various aspects of guiding tourists and entrepreneurship among other topics.
Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo, who officiated at the graduation ceremony held at Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies yesterday, said the training was appropriate and timely as the city prepared to co-host the general assembly.
|Fast facts about UNWTO:|
|Dates||24th – 29th August 2013|
|Opening ceremony||Victoria Falls Hotel|
|Closing ceremony||Sun International|
|Number of tour guides||99 (64 male, 35 female)|
Ms Masebo said it was one thing to receive tourists and other guests while it was another thing to take care of them, hence the training of the students who are expected to provide services of international repute.
“My ministry will continue to ensure that necessary initiatives and legal framework are put in place to ensure that tourism and arts in Zambia is relevant, efficient, effective and meeting and contribution to national growth and development.
“My ministry will work closely with other stakeholders such as TEVET institutions to develop appropriate curricula and materials to enhance the provision of tourism entrepreneurship education in the country,” she said.
Ms Masebo urged youths to take advantage of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission and the Youth Empowerment Funds to come up with initiatives which could also serve as springboards for youth empowerment and employment creation with the knowledge they gained from the course.
She said Government would continue to support innovative ideas and provide an enabling environment which would culminate into wealth creation and hence reduce unemployment in the country.
Date: 30 July 2013