By Herbert Mupanduki
Zimbabwe youth in tourism is set to improve the standard of living within youths around Africa in the upcoming African Youth in Tourism Conference to be held on the 6th to 9th of September 2017 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo.
The conference will run under the theme “The Role Of Youth In Sustainable Tourism Development”. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries or sector in developing a country, thus the contribution of the tourism industry in the global economy is remarkable.
Speaking at the press conference that was held at Ministry of tourism yesterday Patron Hon Auxilia Mnangagwa said “Tourism will help in creation of jobs and increasing wealth for poor local people and therefore contributing to the alleviation of poverty in a country. This is in line with ZIMASSET thrust of employment creation and poverty alleviation in Zimbabwe”.
Dr ENG Walter Mzembi (MP) who also graced this press conference confirmed that as a ministry they are more impressed with this upcoming event and also that they are willing to support the conference in making sure that the hosting of the Africa Youth In Tourism is a huge success.
“The ministry of tourism and Hospitality Industry is in full support of the initiative by the Zimbabwe Youth in tourism in hosting the African Youth in Tourism conference; such great initiatives are indeed in-line with the ministry’s and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) programmes and initiatives of attracting international conference under the Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) programme” said Dr Walter Mzembi.
The conference aims at creating a platform for the youths in tourism across Africa to interact and exchange notes, to be educated on how to become successful in tourism entrepreneurs, to focus on how tourism can generate more employment for youths in Africa and to map the way forward for the success of youths in tourism.
Interested youths in tourism, stakeholders in tourism ,tour operators and financial institutions are invited to this wonderful event, “we are therefore inviting youths involved and interested in tourism ,stakeholders in tourism and more specifically tour operators ,financial institutions and other stakeholders to join us for the three days conference” said Hon A Mnangagwa.
In the press conference report Patron A. Mnangagwa noted that meanwhile the following countries have confirmed attendance: the Republic of South Sudan, South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia.
For registration and more information people are being referred to visit the African Youth in Tourism website, twitter handle and Facebook page: