Belinda Mutin­hiri hon­oured with preti­gious award posthu­mously

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BELINDA Tafadzwa Mutin­hiri, the late Zim­babwe Tourism Author­ity staffer who died in a car crash last month posthu­mously won the much cov­eted, Africa Tourism Per­son­al­ity of the Year 2016 award.

The award cer­e­mony will be held on Oc­to­ber 30 dur­ing the Ak­waaba Africa Travel Mar­ket in La­gos, Nige­ria.

The pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade is part of the Africa Travel Awards or­gan­ised and pro­moted by which is a mem­ber of Travel Me­dia Group.

The web­site is an on­line plat­form for African Travel Quar­terly (ATQ), the first Travel mag­a­zine in West Africa which solely fo­cuses on travel and tourism is­sues. It started pub­lish­ing off­line a decade ago. “The Africa Travel Awards 2016 is cit­ing and ac­knowl­edg­ing the late Belinda as one of the early pro­mot­ers of In­tra Africa Tourism who was cho­sen by vot­ers from all over Africa.

“In­deed, it’s very sad and un­for­tu­nate that she’ll never cel­e­brate the fruits of her hard work,” said or­gan­is­ers of the awards cer­e­mony in a state­ment.

Re­cip­i­ents of the awards were cho­sen in a two part sur­vey which in­cludes the pub­lic and a com­mit­tee of ex­perts.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers nom­i­nated can­di­dates and the nom­i­nees were then voted for by the pub­lic via an on­line plat­form.

There were votes from all over Africa and be­yond the con­ti­nent in­clud­ing from as far as Rus­sia, Nor­way, USA, and the Latin Amer­ica.

The other prom­i­nent lo­cal win­ner of the Africa Travel Awards 2016 is the Min­is­ter of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Dr Wal­ter Mzembi who is also not a stranger to the world of ac­co­lades.

By the time of her un­timely death, Mutin­hiri, elder sis­ter to tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Vim­bai, was the ZTA mar­ket­ing man­ager re­spon­si­ble for Africa.

Be­fore join­ing ZTA, Belinda worked as a front of­fice ex­ec­u­tive at the Land­mark Ho­tel in Lon­don, Guest Re­la­tions Ex­ec­u­tive at One Ald­wych Ho­tel Lon­don and Cus­tomer Re­la­tions at Bri­tish Petroleum be­fore re­turn­ing home where she joined the Zim­babwe Tourism Author­ity in July 2006.

Dur­ing her so­journ at the ZTA, Belinda won the worker of the year award three times in con­sec­u­tive years, which ac­cord­ing to the ZTA chief ex­ec­u­tive, Karikoga Kaseke, was clear tes­ti­mony of her com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to her work.

“If there was any­thing that dis­tin­guished and set Belinda apart from the rest in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, it was her en­ergy, cheer­ful­ness and jovial mood, at­tributes which are crit­i­cal for a com­plete and whole­some des­ti­na­tion mar­keter,” re­marked Kaseke.

“In­deed the con­tri­bu­tion Belinda made to the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor shall al­ways be cher­ished and we al­ready miss our beloved col­league.

“May her dear soul con­tinue rest­ing in eter­nal peace.”

The late Belinda Mutin­hiri and her daugh­ter

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