Vic Falls prepares for UN congress

The Victoria Falls Municipality has stepped up efforts to spruce up the resort town, ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly next year.

Victoria Falls Mayor, NkosilathiJiyane.
Victoria Falls Mayor, NkosilathiJiyane.

The mayor, NkosilathiJiyane, told The Zimbabwean the council had already started rehabilitating roads, sewers and reticulation systems.

“We have secured $6,5 million from the Investment Development Bank of Zimbabwe to renovate the hospital and $4,6 million for a modern water treatment plant,” said Jiyane.

The council has allocated a 100-hectare piece of land along the Bulawayo–Victoria Falls road for the construction of a multi-purpose centre to accommodate the expected delegates to the largest gathering of countries since the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting held in the resort town about two decades ago.

Jiyane said the council, in conjunction with other stakeholders, had also started conducting training workshops for tax drivers, tour operators, hoteliers and curio sellers.

“Basically we are training all service providers in the tourism industry to have good public relation skills. We are also targeting the general public and teaching them about the economic importance of the assembly, not only to Victoria Falls but to the country and the region at large,” he said.

Zimbabwe and Zambia become the second hosts in Africa to win the bid after Senegal in 2005.The UNWTO consists of 155 countries, seven territories and more than400 affiliate members from the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

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