One-year countdown begins
Zambia alive with UNWTO preparations
ZAMBIA (eTN) - Victoria Falls town and Livingstone have been alive with celebrations this week, because the one-year countdown to the UNWTO meeting has begun.
In Livingstone, the Musi-O-Tunya Building is having a facelift; it has been given a fresh coat of grey paint. According to a report, the Pensions Authority, which owns the building is planning to spend K3.5billion (US$700,000) on renovations, which will include repairing the toilets.
Kingsley Lilamono, Chairman of the Livingstone Tourism Association, is using the radio to sensitize listeners to the need to fix their mindsets in the run-up to the UNWTO meeting, so that the community is seen as a welcoming, clean, and orderly.
The Falls Resort is having a huge makeover at The Royal Livingstone. The renovations are ongoing with rooms being done block by block. The new deck is almost ready, and the new boardroom and Internet facility should be done soon as well.
Over the border in Zimbabwe, things are also starting to happen, starting with the Zimbabwe border receiving a facelift, with roads being redone. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge just had an extension added, and the Victoria Falls Safari Club interiors have now been completed and all is ready to go.
There are some big blue pipes on the side of the road, which is likely for renovations to the Victoria Falls airport’s water connection. A report in the news also stated that Victoria Falls Hotel is to have a major renovation starting in November of this year.
There may still be some wrinkles to iron out for Victoria Falls town. The first news item was the possibility of members of the EU considering if they should withdraw from participating in the meeting, because of dealings with their nationals in the Save Valley Conservancy. The second is the problem with the ZANU PF Youth who want their share of tourism in Victoria Falls town.
Plenty of time to get things worked out, and apart from this, things seems to be going swimmingly in the right direction.