The Victoria Falls tourism industry has expressed readiness to ensure the successful hosting of the 2020 International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Military Golf Championships Tournament, which is expected to help in the country’s rebranding drive and the promotion of the resort town as a competitive sport tourism destination.

Elephant Hills Golf Course has been chosen as the ideal venue for the golf tournament as it is located in one of the seven natural wonders of the world and gives participants an opportunity to see wildlife on the well-maintained fairways.

The Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) officials briefed the tourism industry and the media today on preparations for the international sporting event with calls for the private sector to contribute to the successful hosting of the prestigious event.

“We invite individuals and corporates to come in and join hands with us on this prestigious event,” said Zimbabwe chief delegate to CISM, Air Commodore Simon Nyowani.

The Victoria Falls tourism industry players expressed gladness for being given an opportunity to host over 300 delegates and are optimistic the event will create a lasting legacy, as well as promote ‘Destination Zimbabwe’.

“We are confident that this sporting event will create lasting impressions and as an industry, we are ready to ensure the successful hosting of the event,” said ZTA regional manager, Mr Tsikadzashe Mberi.

Zimbabwe Golf Association and Matabeleland North Golf Union, which were represented by the association’s secretary, Lazarus Clever, highlighted that the resort town remains a world class venue and are confident the international sporting event will help promote the sport.

“I call upon Victoria Falls service providers to gear up and prepare for the international event. The corporate family should join hands with ZDF and sponsor this event,” he said.

Zimbabwe was selected among 140 countries to host the 2020 International Golf Championships which is set to attract participants from not less than 20 countries.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean team has stepped up preparations for the 7th World Military Games set for China in October this year.