Zimbabwe and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have concluded the sustainable tourism development and wildlife project agreement which will see the global body extending technical and financial support to the country towards the development of tourism sector.

The global tourism industry body has demonstrated its confidence in the Zimbabwe’s tourism sector and its resolve to support the full recovery of the country’s tourism sector with the signing of the sustainable tourism development and wildlife conservation agreement.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Cde Prisca Mupfumira said the country is grateful of the support from UNWTO and is hopeful the project will contribute to the transformation of the tourism sector and empowering of local communities.

UNWTO technical cooperation programme manager Mr Marcel Leijzer said a total of US$100 000 has been set aside for the project which is set to complement Zimbabwe government’s efforts in promoting sustainable tourism development.

The UNWTO has in the past been involved in the implementation of legacy projects in Zimbabwe which saw many tour operators and entrepreneurs in Victoria Falls getting technical and financial support towards the expansion of their businesses.