Zimbabwe and Zambia have finalised the joint bid document designed to meet the United Nations World Tourism Organisationâ€™s specifications on the co-hosting of the 2013 General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
The joint document was finalised after a series of meetings over the last three weeks in both Victoria Falls and Livingstone to co-host the 20th Session of the 186 member United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.
In a communiquÃ© released at the end of the meeting for experts in Livingstone, Zambia, the two countries have devised a lobby strategy to garner support from the UNWTO member states in the run up to the bid selection which will be held from the 8th to the 14th October this year in South Korea.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr. Sylvester Maunganidze expressed optimism that the two countries will win the bid considering that the two countries have one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a wide variety of safari activities not offered by other contenders.
The Permanent Secretary in the Zambian Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Peter Mumba said the two countries have always been united, shared a similar history and called on the media in the two countries to support the noble cause.
The communiquÃ© also states that the two countries have the capacity to host an international meeting of this magnitude in terms of accommodation, amenities, air and ground handling facilities.
The two countries have put together a document and supporting collateral which will be submitted at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Headquarters in Madrid, Spain by the 8th of August for consideration.
Delegates to the General Assembly are drawn from the six regional commissions of the UNWTO from Africa, the Americas, East and Pacific Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.