Zimbabwe and Zambiaâ€™s prospects of co-hosting the UNWTO General Assembly in 2013 are getting better by the day, says Tourism and Hospitality Industry Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr Sylvester Maunganidze.
Zim to host 2013 UNWTO summit
Speaking to ZBC News from the Republic of Korea where he is attending the 19th UNWTO General Assembly, Dr. Maunganidze said Zimbabwe has the support of the majority of countries at the summit.
He said Zimbabwe is presenting her last bid to co-host with Zambia the 2013 world tourism summit and all eyes are on the two countries as likely hosts.
â€œThis was our last bid to host the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly at Victoria falls. We were oversubscribed. It was supposed to be a sitting dinner and we ended up with 15 standing.
“The Victoria Falls night was oversubscribed. We did not expect a full house. We had invited 500 leaders of delegations. Everybody at the General Assembly clamoured for entry,â€ he said.
Dr. Maunganidze said Zimbabwe has already got overwhelming support from member-states and from their response so far, the vote is likely going to be in her favour.
He added, â€œThe vote is going to take place on the 13th. But already we have been declared the winner. It will be a formality on the 13th when we go to the plenary, because Zimbabwe and Zambia are definitely going to host the 2013 General Assembly at Victoria Falls.
â€œAt the moment we are busy cleaning up diplomatically…to assess the mood, to assess what they think about our bid, and everybody is unanimous that we are the place to go in 2013.â€
If successful, Zimbabweâ€™s bid to co-host with Zambia the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly will bring to Southern Africa 186 countries to the Victoria Falls and will arguably be among the biggest world events to be hosted by Zimbabwe in recent years.