Zimbabwe Minister battles Tourism job
KAMPALA, UGANDA- Ms. Anastancia Ndhlovu, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe was in Kampala recently to try and garner support for her boss Prof. Walter Mzembi who formally announced his bid to vie for the top post at the United Nations tourism body. Mzembi, who is gunning for the post of secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), launched his bid in Madrid, Spain, on the sidelines of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) that concluded on January 22. He was endorsed by the African Union (AU) and chairs the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa after he won a secured a second term in the post. Ndhlovu was in Kampala to attend The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2017) that ended at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel Gardens (Jubilee Gardens) with over 200 tourism, tour and travel; and education businesses from Uganda, East Africa and international participating. The three-day tourism expo attracted many regional and continental tourism boards and ministers who were in Uganda for business. Over 80 international hosted buyers and media players descended on Uganda for POATE 2017. Hosted buyers are business leaders who sell tourism packages in their respective countries. The hosted buyers traveled around Uganda’s tourism attractions from Kampala to Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Kibale Forest National Park, the Source of the Nile, River Nile rapids other star attractions. POATE, in its third edition, is an annual event in Uganda, organized by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to bring together all tourism stakeholders and other service providers from both the East African region and in- ternational community. The Climax of POATE was the Tourism Excellence Awards, where leading tourism players and facilities were recognized for their performance. Under the theme “Tourism is Everybody’s Business”, POATE is aimed at raising the profile of Uganda as a preferred destination, both do- mestically and regionally. Mzembi’s candidature was endorsed by the AU during last year’s heads of States and government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.he will now have to contend with an unlikely opponent, Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad, who also expressed interest in the top post and other candidates, who are yet to announce their bids. Morocco was recently re-integrated as a member of the Au. elections for the post will be held in Chengdu, China, in the latter part of the year. Mzembi is credited with bringing the UNTWO General Assembly to Africa. In 2013, Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosted the UNWTO General Assembly meeting in Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
Under the theme “Tourism is Everybody’s Business”, POATE is aimed at raising the profile of Uganda as a preferred destination, both domestically and regionally.
Ms. Anastancia Ndhlovu, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe