The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has come on board to assist government in the promotion of township tourism after it partnered the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and the hotel school in training scores of underprivileged youths in the hospitality industry.

The country’s township tourism approach has received a massive boost after UNWTO partnered the government in the initiative which has seen scores of youths converging in Victoria Falls to train in hospitality industry courses for free.

After undergoing a 12-week course, the students will then be ready to be absorbed in the hospitality sector as they will be presented with certificates highlighting the areas they would have covered.

The director of the hotel school Mr Innocent Nezungai, who is responsible for training the students, says the programme has brought relief to scores of students interested in pursuing a career in the tourism industry.

Mr Nezungai says after the success of the pilot programme being undertaken in Victoria Falls, there are hopes that the initiative will be spread across the country’s 10 provinces in line with government’s thrust of empowering its citizens academically.

The 12-week project will see students being trained in areas like food production, service housekeeping and front office operations among other areas with a two-week on-sight practical.