Buyers pull out of travel show

HARARE: At least 70 international buyers from European countries, particularly the UK, have decided not to take part in Zimbabwe's annual Travel Expo.
Addressing journalists in Harare, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive Karikoga Kaseke said the withdrawal of European buyers from the show

was a big blow to Zimbabwe’s bid to host international teams during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He said the buyers indicated they feared for their lives after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions warned there would be anarchy and bloodbath between union activists and the police on the streets during the days of the expo.
The labour body was not immediately available for comment. Kaseke said his office was negotiating with the buyers with the hope of re-engaging them.
“If they choose to buy the political product being sold to them by people bent on demonising the government of this country, then we will not continue bothering ourselves about them,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s tourism industry has been declining since the 2000 government-initiated land reform exercise. In 1999, the industry generated more than US$200m and employed an estimated 200,000 people directly and indirectly. It is estimated the employment level has since tumbled by 50 per cent. – CAJ News.

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