Vic Falls reaps UNWTO benefits


TOURISM and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi yesterday said Victoria Falls had started reaping the fruits of successfully hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in August last year and the resort town now had to construct a footprint as a lasting legacy.


Addressing the business community in the resort town yesterday, Mzembi said there was $60 000 for the creation of a legacy that would be a permanent reminder of the hosting of the UNWTO and the government would not prescribe what was to be constructed.

“I have come here to get your views on what exactly you would want to see as the footprint of the UNWTO.

“We are aware that the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) that was held here about two decades ago left a park which is permanent evidence that we hosted it,” said Mzembi.

“Outside the project that is under discussion today, we also have plans to build a state-of-the-art Disney World-type of facility somewhere near the airport. The airport development is the beginning of infrastructural development which is needed.”

Mzembi said Zimbabwe had become a hub for conferences and the hosting of the next Routes Africa and Sadc conferences was a direct realisation that Victoria Falls is hospitable.

The resort town has settled on constructing an Olympic-size swimming pool for use by members of the community.