By Natalie Chiwomadzi
THE popular annual tourism extravaganza, Sanganai/Hlanganani World Expo is set to host a ‘Women in tourism conference’ that is expected to empower women active in the sector.
ZTA has adopted the concept to get together all women involved in business tourism for the sharing of ideas in a capacity building exercise.
Addressing a press conference last week, ZTA acting Chief Executive Officer, Givemore Chidzidzi said the conference will be immensely beneficial to women in the sector.
“We have scheduled a women in tourism capacity building workshop, this is an agenda item that has been at the heart of women in the sector. We thought it a good idea to get all the women that are in tourism together for this crucial workshop.
“One of the major reasons that is so attractive in Bulawayo is that, the majority of accommodation services in Bulawayo is provided by women, the lodges are mainly run by women in tourism business.
“We thought we can bring them together so that they can brainstorm, sharing ideas and experiences in running tourism as a business and we will also provide them with some aspects to make use of in addressing their challenges,” said Chidzidzi.
In addition to the women in tourism capacity building workshop for the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo, ZTA has also adopted domestic tourism aimed at catching them young. The concept will be highlighted at Snganai/Hlanganani through the hosting of the school quiz competition.
“For the schools we are not leaving out domestic tourism and the ‘catch them young’ mantra, hence we have sustainable high school quiz competition where pupils will be coming from in and around Bulawayo to participate.
“More than 20 schools have signed up for the competition that will take place on the 12th of September, and of cause the winners will be rewarded with a prize,” he said.
Chidzidzi also revealed that the school quiz competition is a very interesting programme for tourism development in Zimbabwe.