Breaking Travel News interview: Walter Mzembi, minister of tourism, Zimbabwe
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.
Zimbabwe joins Pacific Asia Travel Association to promote Chinese tourism
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 receive operations licence in Zimbabwe
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.
Wilderness Safaris to bring Linkwasha Camp to Zimbabwe in 2015
Wilderness Safaris has announced it will open the new Linkwasha Camp in May 2015. Located in a game-rich private concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the camp will be the most luxurious accommodation on offer in the area.
Zimbabwe outlines plans for African Disneyland
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.
Tourism Minister of Zimbabwe calls for one voice
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.
Tourism delegation from Zimbabwe give press conference at ATA in New York
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.
Zimbabwe plots road to tourism recovery
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.
WTTC Summit 2011: Zimbabwe continues its return from the tourism cold
After years in the tourism wilderness, Zimbabwe is bouncing back strongly. According to the WTTC, its tourism economy is set to grow 6.3 percent this year. The influential travel and tourism body also predicts that Zimbabwe will continue growing at 8.2 percent per annum over the next decade, the second highest in the world after China.
Zimbabwe comes good at Indaba 2011
Indaba 2011 is proving a successful show for Zimbabwean tourism, with stakeholders reporting that they have sealed a number of deals. The development has raised hopes that the country’s tourism sector is on the road to recovery after years in the wilderness.
Givemore Chidzidzi, COO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority @ ITB Berlin 2011
BTN talks to Givemore Chidzidzi, COO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority at ITB Berlin 2011