Gaborone — Enthusiasm for hosting major international events has become a common catch phrase in government corridors nowadays.
This is especially relevant at a time when government currently embarks on other means to attract Foreign Direct Investment in other sectors apart from mining industry.
To this end, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called Botswana Society, which seeks to preserve culture and heritage, has moved a step ahead to position itself to play a role in the country's endevour to play host of international events.
In an interview, Botswana Society project manager, Ms Bono Mmusi said Gaborone as a capital city had a story appealing enough for people visiting the city where they could while-away time in between conferences and get to appreciate the city.
She said to date, the society had successfully published an annual journal, Botswana notes and records since 1968.
Ms Mmusi said the society has now taken a deliberate move to develop products within cultural heritage tourism and one of these products being the Gaborone City Tour.
"It is a plus or minus three hours tour that gives the history of the city, what it was before all the developments to what it has become," she said.
She said the tour has a full narrative, hence it is guided throughout to explore the growing town's great history.
"It is intended to also accentuate the unique features of Gaborone, which set the city apart from other African capitals," she said.
The tour includes a tour of the National Museum and Art Gallery, main mall as the first mall pedestrian, government enclave featuring heroes' monument, pioneers monument and Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, where visitors would be given a short narrative of its existence.
Other sites include colonial village, colonial graveyard at Village ward and the botanical gardens ending with other modern landmarks to show the city transformation.
She further said Gaborone City Tour had always been one of the unexplored products in tourism industry, noting that licensing of the Botswana Society would give a leeway for the organisation to spoil visitors in the southern part of the country or assist them to kill time as most tourism destinations are found in the northern part of the country.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>