Govt wants all tourism players registered

Govt wants all tourism players registered

By Daniel Chigundu GOVERNMENT says all operators of unregistered tourism and hospitality industry services must be registered to enable effective planning for the lucrative sector. In an effort to cushion themselves from the obtaining economic difficulties currently being experienced in the country, some people have converted their houses into lodges, opened restaurants or are offering catering services while others are operating unregistered car hire services. However, in terms of the Tourism Act of 1996 Chapter 14:20 section 36 all designated tourism facilities are required to be registered with the Zimbabwe…

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Tourism is big business: Mzembi

Tourism is big business: Mzembi

By Daniel Chigundu TOURISM and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi says if tourism is managed well it has the potential to grow the economy and help to reduce the high levels of unemployment in the country. The unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is said to be hovering around 85 to 90 percent, with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa saying that only half a million people are in the formal employment. According to economists, tourism is one of the low hanging fruits that the country can take advantage of to shrug off the…

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BREAKING: Seychelles UNWTO Candidate Quits Race

BREAKING: Seychelles UNWTO Candidate Quits Race

By Michael Gwarisa AFTER weeks of heated negotiations, the Seychelles UNWTO Secretary General candidate Alain St Anges has thrown in the towel, paving way for the African Union (AU) endorsed candidate Eng Walter Mzembi. The fomer Seychelles tourism minster made the announcement yesterday (9/05/2017), three days before the election wich will be held in Madrid Spain on Friday (12/05/2017) in Madrid Spain. The developments come amid widepread calls by African Union tourism ministers and governments who were pushing for the withdrawal of Mr St Anges candidature from the race after…

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BREAKING: Seychelles UNWTO Candidate Forced To Withdraw From Election

BREAKING: Seychelles UNWTO Candidate Forced To Withdraw From Election

By Michael Gwarisa PRESSURE is mounting on Seychelles candidate for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General post Mr Alain St Ange to pull out of the race, following revelations of bribery and usurious dealings meant to destabilise the UNWTO election process. Investigations conducted by the Pan African Forum Ltd, revealed that Seychelles’s former tourism minister Mr St Ange was paid heavily by a European Super power to disorganise the African Union candidature. The investigation revealed that there has been an ongoing silent war between Zimbabwe’s tourism minster and…

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Mzembi has already won UNWTO post- Rifai

Mzembi has already won UNWTO post- Rifai

Travel Writer  OUTGOING United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai endorsed the African Union (AU) candidate for the UNWTO SG post Eng Walter Mzembi as the likely candidate to win the forthcoming UNWTO election for a new secretary general in May. Speaking at a gala dinner event hosted in honor of minister Mzembi in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Wednesday night, Rifai said he was confident Mzembi would win the election. “Whatever happens in May (the month in which the UNWTO election will take place), for me…

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Open Letter to Minister Walter Mzembi

Open Letter to Minister Walter Mzembi

Greetings Honorable minister, Eng Walter Mzembi and hope wherever you are,  you are doing fine. You have been quite a rare individual to come by of late, i guess it is the pressure associated with the campaign ahead of the UNWTO election which is scheduled for May 2017. It is by no doubt that the rest of Zimbabwe and some other African countries are rallying behind your candidature as the UNWTO Secretary General hopeful. We believe in you and indeed you have what it takes to be UNWTO SG. It…

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UNWTO sets electoral guidelines

UNWTO sets electoral guidelines

By Sugar Chagonda Luxor, Egypt THE just ended 104th session meeting of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)has approved the electoral procedures, guidelines and road map for the 2017 plebiscite. Approved guidelines are expected to provide a road map for the election of the new Secretary General of the organisation, who will replace Dr Taleb Rifai, whose tenure ends in December 2017. UNWTO will formally announce the vacancy for its top post this month through note verbales to be sent to all member states. The…

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I will win the UNWTO top post says Mzembi

I will win the UNWTO top post says Mzembi

By Lynette Fushai TOURISM and hospitality industry Walter Mzembi yesterday told a Press conference that he was in the UNWTO Secretary General race to win. The term of office for Dr. Taleb Rifai, often described as the best Secretary General UNWTO ever had, is coming to an end next year at the General Assembly which will be hosted by China. Speaking at a media briefing whilst launching his campaigning website the minister said, “I am carrying the cross for Zimbabwe and I am representing Zimbabwe, I am in it to…

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Government to monitor African Sun/Legacy partnership

Government to monitor African Sun/Legacy partnership

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo TOURISM and hospitality industry minister Walter Mzembi says government through his ministry, will be monitoring whether the union between Afsun and Legacy group, would add value to the tourism industry and the economy. Speaking during a tour of the exhibition stands at the recently held Sanganai/Hlanganani  travel expo in Bulawayo, Mzembi said the Afsun/Legacy  deal  was a huge milestone in the tourism industry and the said we should start to see an improvement in both the quality of service and infrastructure of the Afsun…

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