|Emirates Airlines in bid to promote UNWTO conference|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:26|
Emirates Airlines has approached the Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities with a proposal to partner the governments to market the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation Ordinary Sessions of the General Assembly to be held next year.
Zimbabwe and Zambia will in August next year co-host the UNWTO General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
He said it was an opportune time for companies linked to the tourism industry to take advantage of the expected growth in the sector in Zimbabwe and Zambia including the whole Southern African region.
“This would see us bring in more tourists to both countries and there is a huge tourism potential in the two countries and we believe both countries have adequate infrastructure to cater for the increasing volumes of tourists headed towards the region,” he said.
Lubinda proposing to partner the governments market the event.
“I have written to both ministers responsible for tourism in Zimbabwe and Zambia with our proposals and we are anxiously waiting for their responses. Co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting was such a brilliant idea for both countries and it’s an excellent idea that we would want to promote and be part of.”
“We bring tourists, investors and business executives to the two countries and we believe partnering the two governments would help in tourism development in the region.”
Zimbabwe and Zambia launched a joint bid to co-host the UNWTO in Victoria Falls and Livingstone and convincingly won the majority votes to have the event near the majestic Victoria Falls during the organisation’s last meeting in South Korea last year.
Victoria Falls also successfully hosted the African Tourism Assembly at the venue as a precursor to the global event next year.