Jonathan Hudson has been appointed general manager at Matetsi Victoria Falls. Hudson will take over from Franco Rienzo, who has been general manager of the property for the past two and a half years, on December 1st.
Despite covering Morocco and Egypt in northern Africa, the call of wild adventures in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa has been strong, and today the global youth travel brand has announced a suite of new trips to the region.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned British citizens in Zimbabwe to remain at home as political unrest sweeps the country. Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is currently believed to be under house arrest in the capital Harare, with the military having taken control of the government.
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.
fastjet has been granted an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. The AOC designates fastjet Zimbabwe as a Zimbabwean airline licenced to operate both domestic and international routes within and from Zimbabwe. fastjet Zimbabwe is now the second airline in the fastjet network.
In a somewhat surprising development given its recent history, the Zimbabwean government has outlined plans for a $300 million ‘Disneyland’ style resort at Victoria Falls. Speaking to the official news agency in the country New Ziana, tourism minister Walter Mzembi revealed a vision for a new resort filled with shopping malls, banks and exhibition and entertainment facilities.
The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Walter Mzembi, said African tourism leaders must join together with one voice to rally support for tourism with government and the private sector.
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.
Home to Victoria Falls – among the most spectacular sights on Earth – Zimbabwe has long been considered the jewel of African tourism. However, political turmoil has seen the destination slip from the international tourist trail over the past decade. Now, with a semblance of stability returning, Breaking Travel News here examines if the country can turn the corner and reclaim its rightful place.