Mup­fu­mira hails San­ganai

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EN­VI­RON­MENT, Tourism and Hospi­tal­ity In­dus­try Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira has hailed ex­hibitors who par­tic­i­pated at the San­ganai-Hlan­ganani World Tourism Expo that ended in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day for putting up splen­did dis­plays aimed at mar­ket­ing the coun­try and Africa’s tourism pack­ages to the out­side world.

Speak­ing at the 11th edi­tion of the San­ganai-Hlan­ganani World Tourism Expo awards cer­e­mony on Fri­day, Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said the qual­ity of dis­plays by ex­hibitors con­trib­uted im­mensely to show­cas­ing the coun­try and Africa as a tourist des­ti­na­tion of high stan­dard.

“Ex­hi­bi­tions are crit­i­cal mar­ket­ing tools that not only show­case the prod­ucts and ser­vices avail­able but also have the pull fac­tor that draws qual­ity in­ter­na­tional buy­ers and sell­ers to­gether to con­duct busi­ness un­der one roof. San­ganai-Hlan­ganani has done just that, thanks to the qual­ity of dis­plays on ex­hibit,” she said.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said the out­stand­ing dis­plays by the ex­hibitors con­trib­uted to the ex­hi­bi­tion at­tain­ing its sta­tus as one of the big­gest in­ter­na­tional tourism show­case.

Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Zim­babwe (CAAZ) was the toast of the ex­hi­bi­tion when the com­pany grabbed three awards out of the 14 that ex­hibitors were judged on. It won in Best Public In­sti­tu­tion Stand, Best Zim­babwe Stand and the Over­all Best Stand awards.

The other win­ners were Im­pala Car Hire (Best Car Rental Stand), South Africa Tourism Board (Best In­ter­na­tional Stand), Nino Ce­ram­ics (Best First Time Ex­hibitor Stand), Air Zim­babwe (Best Air­line Stand), An­d­uar Trad­ing (Best SMEs non-main­stream tourism player stand), Sethule Lodge (Best Lodges Stand), African Sun Ho­tels (Best Ho­tel Stand), Ng­amo Sa­faris (Best Tour Op­er­a­tor Stand), School of Hospi­tal­ity (Best Train­ing In­sti­tu­tion Stand and Harare Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion (Best Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion Stand).

Mean­while a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional buy­ers and ex­hibitors ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion on the busi­ness deals they man­aged to clinch and in­quiries they re­ceived.

One in­ter­na­tional buyer and di­rec­tor of Nhongo Sa­faris from South Africa, Mr Dean Cherry said the tourism expo had opened a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity for its com­pany to of­fer shut­tle ser­vices to tourists vis­it­ing Zim­babwe.

“We are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing in sa­fari tour open ve­hi­cles ca­pa­ble of fer­ry­ing 3 000 to 5 000 tourists,” he said.

Mr Du Toit van Niek­erk from Zulu Over­land in South Africa com­mended the lowering of prices of most of the coun­try’s tourism pack­ages while also ap­plaud­ing the hospi­tal­ity ex­hib­ited by lo­cal.

“This year has been good, as we are get­ting good and low rates for the tourism prod­ucts from both the Govern­ment and pri­vate play­ers. Also the peo­ple were friendly for such a small show but there were enough peo­ple to clinch deals,” he said.

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