|Historic tourism deal to be sealed today|
|Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00|
Sydney Kawadza and Patrick Chitumba
Trilateral Agreement in Victoria Falls today.
The agreement is for the two countries’ co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly to be convened next year in August.
The signing ceremony will be held at the No-Man’s Land on the Victoria Falls Bridge.
Completed in 1905 after 14 months, the bridge links Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia.
The bridge also hosts the ever popular 111 metres bunjee jump, bridge swing and slide. The bridge will be closed for business from 6am to 3pm for the ceremony today.
In a statement yesterday, Government said: “In order to compensate the general public for the inconvenience caused the governments of the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe have decided that the two Border Points would remain open for 24 hours on 28th May 2012 and also, from 15:00 hours on Tuesday 29th May to 22:00 hours on Wednesday 30th May, 2012.”
Speaking in Victoria Falls after arriving for the ceremony yesterday, Mr Rifai endorsed Zimbabwe as a safe tourism destination open for business.
He urged tourists from across the world to visit Zimbabwe and feel its splendour and hospitality.
Mr Rifai predicted a successful meeting next year.
Mr Rifai said tourism in Africa was poised for growth despite challenges being faced on the continent.
“The world is eager to come and the challenge is to make it easy for them to come through improved connectivity.”
“Mauya, Welcome to Zimbabwe, Welcome to Zambia, we are so happy to host you,” he said.