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Zim Ready for UNWTO Conference: Munodawafa

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Boksburg, Johannesburg, April 04, 2013- Zimbabwe is ready to host the United Nations World Tourism (UNWTO)meeting in August because all the necessary infrastructure such as roads and airports are ready.

Secretary for Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development, Munesushe Munodawafa, told delegates to the Zimbabwe high level annual investment conference cocktail on Wednesday night here that Zimbabwe had gone through two inspections and the country had been given a “clean bill”.

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He said the hosting of the UNWTO assembly is historic since it was the first time it was being hosted in Southern Africa while it was the second time in Africa. The next chance for Africa could be at least in a 100 years time.

Zimbabwe is jointly holding the Assembly with neighbouring Zambia in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

Munodawafa said the Assembly was being held at a time when major airlines such as Emirates, KLM, Ethiopian Airline, Kenya Airways, South African Airways and Air Namibia were flying into Zimbabwe.

Air Zimbabawe was scheduled to resume flying the Johannesburg to Victoria Falls route before June. The airline is currently looking for a new boss.

“We believe the UNWTO will be a major drawcard for business and tourism,” said Munodawafa.

He also announced that currently 1200 ha of land had been identified for development of an intergrated tourism resort of world class standard.

“We invite potential investors from South Africa to take advantage of all the tourism investment oppoprtunities available,” he said.

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