The 11th edition of Sanganai/Hlanganai World Tourism Expo came to an end last Saturday in Bulawayo. The travel expo which ended with impressive participation was held from September 6-8. The 2018 edition began with the Joshua Nkomo Heritage Tourism Trails with a procession in the streets of Bulawayo and ended at the City Hall car park.
The heritage trail was an addition by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority as a tourism package to the country’s rich tourism list and to celebrate one of the founding Fathers of Zimbabwe Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.
The 2018 edition ended with post Sanganai/Hlanganani familiarisation tours for International buyers, tour operators and the media to some of the leading tourism hotspots in the country. The tours were part of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority’s strategy to offer trade knowledge to their key source markets. The tours took participants to Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park and the majestic Victoria Falls. The tours also saw visitors getting a glimpse of Bulawayo and Victoria Falls by visiting some of the major places of interest and buildings that have a rich historical background.
“Zimbabwe is just but amazing, especially the Victoria Falls its one place that as African’s we need to visit especially us from West Africa we don’t have such an amazing wonder. The governments also need to work on the connectivity part we need direct flights to Zimbabwe and see the beauty of this country” Said Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority Ekow Sampson
“The Victoria Falls just blew me up, its my second time here but this time around am impressed. This is one of the top wonders of Africa and the world something unbelievable, we need all African’s to travel here and see and experience the passion of the beautiful and majestic Victoria Falls. As I go back home I will work on a package for visitors from Kenya to come to Zimbabwe, I will push to the maximum”, said Patrick Maina Kamanga, managing director of Kenya’s Deans Travel Centre Limited.
Thelma Ngobeni from South Africa’s Ubuntu Radio described the world’s 7th wonder as one of the best things she has ever seen in her life and hopes everyone would make an effort to come and see the spectacular waterfall.
The Vice President of Zimbabwe Dr Chiwenga opened this year’s exhibition and assured the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) of Government’s commitment towards making Tourism the leading employer of the economy. He however challenged the Authority to deploy strategies to grow arrival numbers from source markets especially South Africa.
Addressing the media after the expo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Dr Karigoka Kaseke said it is the best Sanganai ever. He said they have been very impressed with this year’s edition especially with the speed networking sessions which allowed buyers and exhibitors to conduct business in two hours.
Dr. Kaseke also said the tourism expo will restore the once vibrant tourism economy of Bulawayo.
“Sanganai/Hlanganani will remain in Bulawayo for some time until we are very satisfied that the tourism economy of the city is equal to Victoria Falls,” said Dr Kaseke.
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