The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: UNWTO Team in Vic Falls

A TEAM of technical experts from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is in Victoria Falls to conduct a final inspection of the country's preparations ahead of the general assembly in August. Zimbabwe and Zambia would co-host the 20th session of the

UNWTO general assembly starting on 24 August and ending on 29 August. The technical team, headed by UNWTO relations and services executive director, Mr Zoltan Somogyi, regional director for Africa, Mr Osumane Diane and Mr Munir Rates, chief of conferences arrived in the resort town yesterday from Livingstone, Zambia, where they were conducting a similar inspection.

They were met by the Deputy Chief Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr Justine Mupamhanga, permanent secretaries for Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Public Works, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesu Munodawafa, Engineer George Mlilo and Ms Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe and other senior Government officials.

The team went on to inspect facilities including the venue for the official opening ceremony, Elephant Hills Hotel and Resort.

In an interview, Mr Mupamhanga said the inspectors were impressed with Zimbabwe's state of preparedness. "Let me emphasise that the UNWTO team is impressed with the progress on the ground," said Mr Mupamhanga.

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