victoria_falls.jpgThe United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) inspectorate team has begun conducting assessments of tourism facilities in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia, as part of preparations for the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.

The delegation which is being headed by UNWTO executive director, Mr Zolton Smorgy, was met at the Victoria Falls International Airport by officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry as well as officials from the Zambian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Speaking on arrival, Mr Smorgy challenged the host countries to take advantage of the General Assembly to showcase themselves.

He applauded the commitment they have shown in preparing to host the event.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr Sylvester Maunganidze commended the co-operation shown by tour operators as well as the presence of Zambian officials at the airport saying it is a demonstration that the two countries are working harmoniously towards the hosting of the event.

Meanwhile, the team has proceeded to inspect facilities in Livingtone and will be returning to Victoria Falls for further inspections.