Final preparations for UNWTO general assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Of course, all the world travel and tourism media had already been reporting of the UNWTO preparations for their general assembly held jointly in Zimbabwe and Zambia August 24-29.

Final preparations for UNWTO general assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Of course, all the world travel and tourism media had already been reporting of the UNWTO preparations for their general assembly held jointly in Zimbabwe and Zambia August 24-29. It’s ready to start this coming Saturday. The first couple of days will be spent in Zimbabwe with the opening ceremony there and the last couple of days in Zambia.

From the Times of Zambia we are told that Zambia and Zimbabwe will run joint operations of the Police Services to ensure safety. According to the report there will be water patrols; the delegates will move freely between the two countries and the two police forces will be in constant radio contact.

As the region around the Victoria Falls is probably one of the safest places in the world, I think their job will be minimal unless, of course, unruly elements are attracted to the congress. We know that, on the Zambian side the sex workers have already been removed and someone told me the other day that people on buses coming to Livingstone were being checked by Immigration on the way in.

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Whether the UNWTO should be held at the Victoria Falls or not because of the problems in Zimbabwe, is past being discussed anymore. It was a hot topic previously and some countries have pulled out because of the excesses of the government in Zimbabwe. The decision-makers in the UNWTO did not seem concerned about Zimbabwe, so it is with surprise that I read an article that Edwin W. Leslie, President and CEO of Leslie Hospitality Consulting is to put forward a referendum for members of the UNWTO to boycott the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, because of its stand on gay and lesbian people. Although delegates at the UNWTO will be from all over the world, it seems unlikely that they will give this item on the agenda much time. … Most of Africa, including Zambia and Zimbabwe, are against gay and lesbian people. … It is still a hot topic and certainly not one which they want to discuss at the moment.

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