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UNWTO delegates during a game drive at Hwange National Park

UNWTO delegates during a game drive at Hwange National Park

UNWTO delegates being served lunch at Hwange National Park

UNWTO delegates being served lunch at Hwange National Park

1500: The third plenary session was underway in Zambia. The current UNWTO Secretary General has just been reappointed to the post.

1506: Preparations were underway at the Royal Livingstone Hotel for the closing ceremony which is expected to begin at 18:30 this evening here in Zambia. The ceremony will be graced by Presidents Robert Mugabe and Michael Sata.

1549: The plenary session was underway and the various country delegates were giving their feedback on issues of air connectivity (in relation to air transportaion);visa systems and open access.

1552: The representative of Cambodia ,which is bidding to host the UNWTO General Assembly 21st Session, said his country is in support of improved air connectivity and open access systems.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Mr Karikoga Kaseke during an interview with journalists at Zambezi Sun hotel in Livingstone Zambia.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Mr Karikoga Kaseke during an interview with journalists at Zambezi Sun hotel in Livingstone Zambia.

Tourism and Hospitality Permanent Secretary Magaret Mukahanana follow proceedings during the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly at Livingstone hotel, Zambia

Tourism and Hospitality Permanent Secretary Magaret Mukahanana follow proceedings during the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly at Livingstone hotel, Zambia

Some of the delegates at the UNWTO General Assembly at Livingstone hotel in Zambia

Some of the delegates at the UNWTO General Assembly at Livingstone hotel in Zambia

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai makes some remarks during a round up press conference in Livingstone Zambia

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai makes some remarks during a round up press conference in Livingstone Zambia

1700: the 4th plenary session had just ended.

1701: Delegates were now readying for a press briefing.

1907: The re-elected UNWTO secretary general had just briefed journalists on some of the outcomes of the plenary sessions that were held earlier that day, among key issues were the implementation of policies on improved air connectivity, especially among African states and remote Islands as well as implementation of open Visa systems and financing.

1913: Delegates are currently gathering for the closing ceremony which was due to start soon.

Tables set at Livingstone hotel for the official closing ceremony of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly later today in Zambia

Tables set at Livingstone hotel for the official closing ceremony of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly later today in Zambia

1933: President Mugabe and his Zambian counterpart President Sata had just arrived at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.

Kaletsa dance group perform in Livingstone Zambia

Kaletsa dance group perform in Livingstone Zambia

1933: The national anthems of both Zimbabwe and Zambia were being sung.

First Ladies Amai Grace Mugabe and Christine Kasebo Sata follow proceedings at the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session official closing in Livingstone, Zambia

First Ladies Amai Grace Mugabe and Christine Kasebo Sata follow proceedings at the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session official closing in Livingstone, Zambia

Delegates following proceedings at the official closing of the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session in Livingstone, Zambia

Delegates following proceedings at the official closing of the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session in Livingstone, Zambia

1953: Outgoing Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi had just addressed the gathered delegates. He congratulated Mr Taleb Rifai on his re-election to the post of UNWTO Secretary general.

1955: He also highlighted the commitment of both the Zimbabwean and and Zambian Governments’ commitment to implementing tourism policies that drive the growth of the sector.

2055: President Mugabe was addressing the delegates at the closing ceremony. He called upon the UNWTO foreign delegates to act as ambassadors and tell the true Zimbabwean story when they go back to their respective countries
Zambian tourism Minister Ms Sylvia Masebo then gave her address to the gathering.

Tourism Ministers Engineer Walter Mzembi and Sylvia Masebo congratulate President Mugabe for a poetic speech at the closing ceremony of the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session

Tourism Ministers Engineer Walter Mzembi and Sylvia Masebo congratulate President Mugabe for a poetic speech at the closing ceremony of the UNWTO General Assembly 20th Session

2101: Zambian President Sata was addressing the delegates as officially closing the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly.

Traditional dances during the official closing in Livingstone

Traditional dances during the official closing in Livingstone

2108: Zambian Cultural dancers were beggining to entertain guests.

2110: Dinner was served.

2308: Delegates started strolling to their hotel rooms after the closing ceremony of the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly.

As the United Nations World Tourism Organisation  20th session of the General Assembly is slowly drawing to a close, here are some of  the highlights you might have missed out on:

Celebration Church choir performing during the official opening of the UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel

Celebration Church choir performing during the official opening of the UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel

Delegates following proceedings during the UNWTO official opening at Victoria Falls hotel last Sunday

Delegates following proceedings during the UNWTO official opening at Victoria Falls hotel last Sunday

Celebration Church choir performing during the official opening of the UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel

Celebration Church choir performing during the official opening of the UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel

National dance ensemble perform during the official opening of he UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel on Sunday

National dance ensemble perform during the official opening of he UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria Falls hotel on Sunday

Fire works at the UNWTO 20th General Assembly official launch at Victoria Falls Hotel

Fire works at the UNWTO 20th General Assembly official launch at Victoria Falls Hotel

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

UNWTO Conference Centre at Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

UNWTO Conference Centre at Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

 

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

Conference Centre for UNWTO General Assembly

From: www.herald.co.zw

Date: 28th August 2013