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May 12, 2017

Zim out as Georgia wins the secretary General for the UNWTO

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Is this a good or a sad day for World Tourism? The large camp from Georgia obviously is having a great day. Is this a great day for Georgia and also for the world?

Zurab Pololikashvili, the candidate from Georgia was elected this afternoon as the next secretary-general for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid today with 18 votes.

One can only congratulate the prime minister of Georgia on his support for his Madrid ambassador.

This election result may not have been about to let the best candidate to win, but about international politics and how they work in a real world.

Time will show – the task for tourism is a tremendously important task.
Would defeated candidates try a plan B between now and the general assembly in China? It may be a wise decision.

It came as a no surprise for the second placed Zimbabwe tourism minister Walter Mzembi who had support from Africa as well as other international nations.

Mzembi lost by a three margin when he garnered 15 votes but domestic politics that has put Zimbabwe on international radar with human rights abuses, lack of rule of law, media repression among other challenges weighed against him.

Zimbabwe is battling to spruce up its battered image since the controversial 2000 land reform.

***Additional reporting by theweeklymirror

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April 24, 2017

Tonga arts centre abandoned

Filed under: Arts,Feature,Travel — Nhaudzenyu @ 10:14 am
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Bumi Hills Arts and Craft Centre was a ray of hope for mostly Tonga villagers, who had an opportunity to showcase their craftsmanship to the world.

By Nhau Mangirazi

The abandoned Bumi Hills Arts and Craft Centre

Established in 1995, the project was aimed at economically empowering the rural folk, while also promoting Tonga arts and crafts.

The centre, which was established by Nyaminyami Rural District Council, sold beads, dagga pots and grass crafts to mostly tourists, who used to visit the internationally-acclaimed Bumi Hills Hotel.

Situated about 300 meters from the hotel, the arts and craft centre was well-furnished with art for visitors from the community, who overworked themselves for classic products.

But the centre is now in ruins, 22 years down the line, with buildings collapsing with the hanging poles of the grass-thatched roof burnt by veld fires some few years ago.

There is no longer a caretaker for the premises now in thick forest.

The place is now an eyesore after the local council abandoned the project, claiming it was now a burden that they could not shoulder for too long.

“It was a council project aimed at empowering the communities in arts and craftsmanship. The council used to sell the products and remit the funds to the owners monthly,’’ a council worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Villagers under Chiefs Mola, Nebiri and Negande relied on proceeds from the sale of their artefacts to pay for school fees for their children.

As fate had it, the political and economical crisis in late 1990s forced the centre to shut down after only four years in operation throwing hundreds of villagers back into destitution, as it had become a source of livelihood for them.

“We used to pay fees for our children through funds raised through the sales of artefacts from here. Although the sales were minimal, as there were many members, it was a promising outreach project for us.

“It was a form of employment, where our art was being recognized internationally by tourists, who would find markets for our products. It is sad that the council resolved to close it, saying it was no longer viable,’’ Petros Kasanga, a local villager under Chief Mola, said.

Former council chairman, Washington Moyo, admitted that the local authority had to wean off the project, as it was not its core business and was becoming costly to run.

“As council, we were being forced to assist communities get their profits, but it was not part of our core business. Our mandate was to see it off, but the communities had no resources to keep it running and this affected its operations. It’s unfortunate we could not train them how to run the project on their own,’’ Moyo, a businessman in the Mola area, said.

However, the closure has negatively affected many parents, who can no longer afford to send their children to school.

“Generally, some people blame the Tongas for not valuing education, but without a source of income, where do you expect them to get money to pay school fees? There are no income-generating projects or industries to talk about here, but we need cash to survive. It is pathetic as our source of hope was dashed by the council several years ago,’’ a local teacher, who refused to be named, said.

The teacher at Marembera Primary School, who cannot be named for professional reasons, said that the project was inspirational to many locals, who could appreciate how art and culture could be a beneficiary to the community.

Newly-appointed Nyaminyami Rural District Council chief executive officer, Tsana Chirau, said she was still to acclimatise herself with projects in the area.

“I am just new in office and I need time to be abreast on council projects, including pending issues and income generating that the community was benefiting from,” she said.

The art and craft centre was also a foreign currency generation project and helped boost tourism in the country. Newsday

July 24, 2015

Kariba Publicity Association striving to market Zimbabwe

Filed under: Travel — Nhaudzenyu @ 8:35 am
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Kariba dam wall another source of tourism attraction,,,,,,,,,,Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

Kariba dam wall another source of tourism attraction,,,,,,,,,,Photo By Nhau Mangirazi

By Nhau Mangirazi
KARIBA- Kariba Publicity Association is making strides to market the country through the strategic resort town as one of safe destination tourism centers bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Speaking in an interview here, Kariba Publicity Association chairman Nigel Ncube said though it was registered in the early 1960, KPA was formally registered as a trust in 2011.
‘’We are happy that domestic tourism is improving and internationally we are marketing Kariba to the outside world. Although our tourism arrivals have improved, we are still yet to get more compared to the pre 1999 era when tourism was major income revenue contributor for the country’’ said Ncube in an interview here.
According to Ncube, domestic tourism is gaining ground here as form of employment for local fish traders ran out during a Zimbabwe Power Company versus Dynamos match in May.
‘’We ran out of fish during that match and it boosts our revenues in a small way. We are happy that during such matches we get improved arrivals in lodges, hotels among other players in the tourism sector’’ added Ncube.
Although there were no statistics from Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to support his claims, Ncube was jovial that they will involve all stakeholders to keep the light focused on Kariba town as safe destination.
‘’It is our mandate to market our town and we will strive to include all stakeholders. Of late, some of our clients blamed Air Zimbabwe on their flight cancellation affecting their travelling plans. We hope it will be rectified soon and boost our tourism arrivals’’ he added.
However, Air Zimbabwe that resumed domestic flights in August last year defended flight cancellations as unforeseen challenges that could affect some foreign tourists.
Air Zimbabwe public relations officer Shingai Dhliwayo said flights cancellations were demand induced and few incidences were to do with unforeseen technical challenges.
‘’We are providing service to Kariba route though the route is still growing but we are happy to promote this important tourism destination. Whenever we have had such disruptions we have sought alternate transportation to deliver on the promise to our passengers and this has been in the form of replacement aircraft wherever possible. However, we are happy to promote the growth of this very important destination on our Zimbabwean tourism itinerary’’, said Dhliwayo in written response to TheWeekly Mirror.
Although tourism arrivals surged last year, but the latest information makes a dent to the country tourism sector.
‘’These cancelation has had negative impact and currently affecting the tourists arrivals as it goes down to other down-stream operations here’’ said one tour operator speaking on condition that he is not named.

October 26, 2011

Unpaid ambassadors to revive our tourism sector- Comment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nhaudzenyu @ 9:22 pm
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Zimbabweans are well known for their hospitality, hardworking, resilience, patriotism that has seen those standing heads and shoulders above every other citizen. We are proud nation as we have our roots of humanity and are glad that we will maintain for future generations.

Everywhere you go, Zimbabweans have made our nation proud through their honesty, although we have few misguided elements that may put the good name into disrepute over their actions.

Lest we forget the barbaric action during the controversial land reform in 2000 where hundreds were killed as we failed to reach to a compromise that saw our nation getting the bad tag of violence and intolerance.
By coincidence politics which is always dirty was at the centre of our undoing.
The violence that gripped the nation then must not be repeated as we suffered when one of our foreign currency earners tourism was thrown into the deep end and as a country we are paying for the price.

This week we are glad that there is an event that will redeem our lost glory and we have the International Tiger Tournament where tourists are flocking for a sporting event that will sell Zimbabwe as a safe destination and it is in Kariba where Movement for Democratic Change supporter Luckson Kanyurira was brutally abducted in Charara before killed in April 2001. His body was left in the open at Nyamhunga bus terminus for hours as some Zanu PF youths became barbaric, hostile and uncaring to human body.

Now is the event kicked off in 1961 by farmers that will redeem us as a non-violent nation especially in resort areas like Kariba. It is best opportune time for us as a nation to celebrate this event.

There is no need to send ministers and tourists ambassadors to sell Zimbabwe but the tourists will see for themselves and make informed decisions to revisit us again and boost our sector.

We hosted so many events including hiring international artists at the expense of our poor financial reserves that could have seen thousands of dollars channelled to other needy sectors such as health, education or food security that could have benefited thousands of people. No results yet on millions wasted. Poor planning must be stopped.

What the country should have done is market the country through other organisations as direct participation of our ministers would be regarded political and mess it again.

Support those companies at local level so that foreigners will definitely sell our Brand as Zimbabwe that has natural wonders that will attract them again and again.

We wish we all remain tolerant to each other during these times of nation building as sectors such as tourism farming are regaining ground and we will make it soon after a wasted decade of political bickering.

We hope tourists who came here will never be paraded for their support of our country as part of the global village, that way we reaffirm our natural gifts of hospitality, hardworking, resilience friendliness and patriotism.

We had our great ambassadors who came from as far as Norway, United Kingdom, and New Zealand among others and hope it will be soon that we are back on the track. No to yet another wasted decade please

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