West boycotts UNTWO

Many western countries, including Canada and Britain, have said that they will not send delegates to participate at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly scheduled for Victoria Falls and Livingstone from 24-29 August.

But economic analyst Eric Bloch said the poll outcome had nothing to do with the tourist event.

“I don’t believe that there will be any negative impact on the co-hosting of the UNWTO as this is purely a tourism event something, nothing to do with politics. The most important thing is the peaceful environment prevailing and the security of visitors,” he said. “It would be unwise for countries to sabotage an economic event based on political issues.”

Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya said the world was already divided over the July 31 Zim poll process and outcome and this would negatively affect the UNWTO summit.

“Though they haven’t come up with an agreed position, most western countries have condemned the poll and are not recognising the outcome. Some countries have even said that they would not participate in the summit. This will reduce the inflow of visitors and resources to Zimbabwe and the country will not benefit as it would have happened if these countries were satisfied with the way elections were conducted,” he said.

More than 500 diplomats from over 150 countries are expected to visit Victoria Falls, a UN World Heritage Site that borders Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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