HOTEL Inter-Continental has said the successful hosting of the Cable News Network (CNN) and MultiChoice African Journalist awards in Lusaka has proved that Zambia can host major business and tourism meetings if stakeholders work together.
Hotel Inter-Continental general manager Andrew Hosking said the successful hosting of the awards ceremony and all the week-long meetings prior to the event proved that Zambia could successfully host international business and tourism meetings if stakeholders in the tourism sector cooperated and worked together.
"As one of the official sponsors of the awards ceremony for this year, we had four months to prepare and to ensure that we get all the logistics together.
"We worked incredibly well with other local suppliers such as Kashone Communications and Voyagers to make the hosting of the event a resounding success," Mr Hosking said.
In a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Hosking said with the opening of the new Government Complex, Zambia could now host much bigger events if the facility could be made available to private businesses that would want to use it for high-profile meetings.
"Events such as the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the year awards are cardinal for the growth of business and tourism as it provides an opportunity for delegates from across the world who had never visited a country before to explore its potential in business and tourism," he said.
Senior delegates that attended the awards ceremony fom CNN International and Multichoice, who included CNN International news anchor Isha Sesay and CNN London managing director Deborah Rayner, were accommodated at Hotel Inter-Continental in Lusaka with the gala dinner and awards ceremony being held at the Government Complex.
The hotel also hosted the nominees' dinner and provided catering for the 700 guests that attended the gala dinner at the Government Complex.
Hotel Inter-Continental head of food and beverage Nickson Zulu and head chef Simon Hague said it was an honour and a great challenge to have catered for such an astute delegation from across the African continent.
The awards ceremony which was held in Lusaka for the first time since they were launched in 1995 brought together high-profile delegates from across the continent.
The awards were broadcast on CNN and other African channels and provided an opportunity for Zambia to showcase its capabilities in hosting international events.