By Tendai Guvamombe
Zimbabwe joins the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Member States in celebrating the World Tourism Day on the 27th of September every year.
The day was set aside by the UNWTO to create awareness amongst the international community on the socio-economic benefits derived from the Travel and Tourism Sector together with its entire value chains.
This year’s Commemorations runs under the theme: Tourism and Green Investments
The incoming Minister of Tourism Hon Barbara Rwodzi revealed that Zimbabwe declared September a Tourism Month with a view to create tourism awareness across the country.
“The Ministry declared the month of September as a Tourism Month to create awareness on the importance of the Tourism sector to the economic wellbeing of the Nation.”
Inline with this, Zimbabwe will be holding it’s celebrations at Suskwe Lodges in Mutoko on the 27th of September 2023 with a number of tourism activities line up at places such as Mutemwa Leprosy Centre and Bernard Mzeki.
“The main World Tourism Day celebrations will be held in Mutoko at Suskwe Lodges in Mashonaland East on the 27th of September marking the end of our Tourism Month activities. Mashonaland East Province is best known for its Religious Tourism sites such as Mutemwa Leprosy Centre and Bernard Mzeki. These will be pushed in the various source markets as they have a potential to receive remarkable arrivals.”
The main celebrations will commence with a tour aimed at showcasing efforts made in the development of green tourism facilities in Mashonaland East Province.
“The main celebrations will start with a Tour of Suskwe Resort, a green eco-tourism facility. The main celebrations will also be punctuated by live exhibitions by various stakeholders, women and youths from Mashonaland East Province, packed with various entertainment activities,” Hon Barbara Rwodzi said.
Amid all this, Zimbabwe is scheduled to be represented at the International Commemorations to be held in Saudi Arabia.