|UNWTO satisfied with trilateral agreement|
|Saturday, 16 June 2012 18:44|
United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Executive Council, the organisation’s highest decision-making body, has adopted a resolution expressing its satisfaction with the signing of the Trilateral Agreement for the hosting of the 20th session of its General Assembly scheduled for August 24 to 29 2013 at the Victoria Falls.
Earlier on, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Engineer Walter Mzembi, had thanked the UNWTO for showing much trust in Zambia and Zimbabwe by supporting their bid.
Minister Mzembi paid special tribute to Dr Rifai for giving the two countries and Africa the grand opportunity of hosting the event, which had greatly excited the populations of the two countries.
Meanwhile, both the UNWTO Secretary-General and members of the organisation’s Commission for Africa have come out strongly urging all members to attend the Victoria Falls General Assembly.
In his report to the council, Dr Rifai noted that the mission by the Secretariat’s officials to the venue of the General Assembly had found both countries’ preparations on track.
He urged all African countries to turn out in full force and make this General Assembly a landmark event in the development of African tourism.
He emphasised the need for African tourism ministers to articulate African concerns and issues with a single voice to ensure that the continent influences the global tourism agenda.
Minister Mzembi, who will lead a delegation to Nigeria, promised to use the occasion to update members on preparations for the General Assembly and to receive inputs by fellow ministers on how to ensure that this will be a uniquely African General Assembly.
The meeting is set for June 25 to 27.