|Elephant Hills to host UNWTO Assembly|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:49|
in Victoria Falls
Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls has been given the nod to host the main event of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in 2013 ahead of other hotels in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia. The development comes after the signing of the Trilateral Host Agreement last week to mark the official countdown to the 20th UNWTO session of the general assembly, and means that the official opening will held at the resort hotel.
Elephant Hills is owned by hospitality giant African Sun Limited, which is currently refurbishing its hotels after accessing a US$10 million loan facility from the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) to improve viability of the group’s operations. In an interview with The Sunday Mail Business, Elephant Hills general manager Mr Trythings Mutyandasvika expressed optimism that they will meet the deadline and address concerns raised by the UNWTO. “This is good news for the group (ASL) and Zimbabwe as a whole. We would want to assure you that we will definitely meet to address the issues raised in order to facilitate the successful hosting of the event.
“We are progressing well with our refurbishments and we will definitely meet our target and this is in line with our growth strategy.
The general assembly is the principal gathering of the UNWTO, which meets after every two years to consider the budget and programme of work of the United Nations specialised agency on tourism. Delegates to the general assembly are drawn from the six regional commissions of the UNWTO from Africa, the Americas, the East and Pacific Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.
The event usually attracts 186 ministers responsible for tourism as well as media personnel and tourism stakeholders from various countries internationally, thereby raising the profiles of hosting countries worldwide.