THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company has urged private homeowners seeking to cash in on the annual exhibition accommodation crisis to register with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to ensure that they maintain the expected international standards of all their domestic and foreign business visitors.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
Annually, ZITF faces challenges of accommodation for foreign and local exhibitors in the city during the hosting of the premier exhibition event.
Scores of exhibitors from outside Bulawayo struggle to secure accommodation during the fair as hotels and accredited lodges run out of rooms.
The annual international trade fair is set for April 28 to May 2.
ZITF marketing and public relations manager Stella Nkomo indicated that the company, together with tourism players, had made accommodation available for exhibitors during the ZITF.
“We are pleased to note that all our stakeholders have indicated that they have secured accommodation for their stay in Bulawayo while some operators have indicated that they still have available accommodation,” said Nkomo.
Nkomo said ZTA officials had indicated that they had a sizeable list of executive private homes which were available for any visitor to this year’s
She said the homes had been inspected by ZTA and met the international standard.
She urged private homeowners to register with the ZTA regional office so as to ensure that they maintained the expected international standards of all their domestic and foreign business visitors.
ZITF revealed it had sold 90% of exhibition space for the annual event.
Sixteen countries — Botswana, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, the United States and Zambia —will participate.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is expected to officially open the trade fair, a major highlight on Bulawayo’s business calendar.