Zimbabwe readies for travel and tourism events
(eTN) - Victoria Falls Hospital is to undergo major expansion works in preparation for the UNWTO event in 2013. A Bulawayo company has won the tender for the work, which is said to cost US$6 million. Pipes are being laid from the Zambezi River to the airport for the expansion there, and the airport is to have a new terminal and tower. The runway will also be expanded, with the cost of the project said to be US$ 150 million.
US$2.5 million is being used to upgrade roads and US$15 million will be spent on water and sewerage works. 1,200 hectares of land have been acquired on which to construct the “tourism park,” which will be home to a convention center, casinos, and shopping malls.
Meanwhile, the Africa Travel Association (ATA) congress is set to run from May 17-22. According to the report, 400 delegates will attend the congress with 16 countries sending government ministers including Senegal, Gambia, Zambia, Ghana, Central Africa Republic, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Chad, Kenya, and Namibia. Joice Mujuru is expected to officially open the conference with 5 Zimbabwe Cabinet Ministers in attendance.
The last time the ATA congress was held in Zimbabwe was in 1988, and the conference is seen as an excellent opportunity to market Zimbabwe’s tourism. Zimbabwe, represented by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, is a member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a new grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ( www.tourismpartners.org ).