Zimbabwe is set to host the first ever African Youth in Tourism conference at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo from the 6th to the 9th of September this year.

The conference which aims at promoting continental integration and a single destination vision among youths in Africa will also actively involve youths in the development of tourism across Africa.

Issues to do with youth empowerment have taken centre stage on African arena as the continent forges ahead with the agenda for socio-economic upliftment of the people of Africa.

The continent has also adopted the theme of how to best to take advantage of the youth dividend where the majority of the population in Africa is under the age of 40 for economic development.

Tourism contributes to economic development where it constitutes 10 percent of the gross domestic product.

In an address at a news conference at the Zanu PF party Headquarters, patron of the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism, Mrs Auxilia Mnangagwa highlighted the importance of the Youth in Tourism conference and the issues which include propagating the concept of continental integration, the spirit of communal harmony and exhibiting their cultural prowess.

Participants in the Youth in Tourism conference will include diplomatic missions, NGOs, universities, tourism players, children’s organisations, banks and ICT companies.