Zimbabwe and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) relations are set for major improvement with the global body pledging to host another high profile event in the country in 2019.

Four years after Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosted the 20th UNWTO General Assembly the country is set to get another opportunity to host a major global tourism industry gathering next year according to newly-appointed secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili.

Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Cde Priscah Mupfumira said the country is pleased with the improved relations with the global body and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to host another major event.

While relations between the former Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Dr Walter Mzembi and Mr Pololikashvili became sour following the disputed secretary general elections, the new secretary general said he is passionate about assisting the Southern African country grow its tourism industry.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke said he is excited about the support being extended to the country adding that the authority is hopeful the event to be hosted in 2019 will be another UNWTO General Assembly.

Riding on the goodwill being shown to the country at the ongoing 2018 FITUR, Zimbabwe is looking forward to taking advantage of the renewed confidence to reposition itself as a safe and attractive tourism destination.