Leading Zimbabwean hospitality group, Africa Albida Tourism, has welcomed the opening of the new $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport. The project is set to usher in a new era of tourism to the region. The airport, which now has the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum, tripling its previous volume, and is capable of landing some of the world’s largest aircraft, was officially opened by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe earlier.
As Zimbabwe prepares to commission the expanded Victoria Falls airport, doubling visitor capacity at one of the world’s most famous attractions, tourism minister Walter Mzembi here chats with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about the facility’s transformative potential. Also on the agenda are Mzembi’s own personal ambitions to lead the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the vote of confidence this would provide for the country.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has become the first national tourism organisation from the continent of Africa to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association. The two organisations signed a letter of agreement during the annual Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo. The agreement reinforces Zimbabwe’s determination to increase the numbers of international arrivals from influential source markets across the Asia Pacific region.
On Thursday, March 22, 2012, a high-level tourism delegation from Zimbabwe will give a press conference about “Destination Zimbabwe,” the host of ATA’s 37th Annual World Congress from May 18-22, 2012.