Zimbabwe Minister urges Africans to visit Thailand, turns into face of Afro tourism

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zimbabwe MinisterThe world travelling tourism minister from Africa, Hon’ble Walter Mzembi, stated “Travel to Thailand, the land of smiles”. The minister made this statement today who is a possible contender for the next Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Mr Mzembi is becoming the face of African tourism. Not only tourism insiders consider him an important global player for the largest industry in the world, travel and tourism, but he is considered as someone who can move the needle.

With his bid to become the next Secretary General of the UNWTO, the Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism and Hospitality has shown his commitment and interest in reaching out to all corners of the world. It includes his planned attendance during the celebration of the upcoming World Tourism Day in Bangkok next month.

In view of the recent and ongoing attack on the Thai Travel and Tourism Industry, the minister today sent the following letter to H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand.

The media was able to obtain a copy of the letter, which says:

Dear Madam Minister,

I have learnt with dismay and a deep sense of sadness of a wave in recent days, of coordinated bomb attacks, whose key target is clearly our beloved sector, Tourism.

The cold blooded acts, meant to induce fear in the travelling public, and to undermine Thailand’s buoyant and resilient Tourism Sector which recently registered record arrivals will not deter the globe from its continued expression of goodwill for the country. But once again dear colleague Sister, this latest act of aggression on our sector, should unite us against terror and heighten our resolve to find sustainable solutions to securing peace for Tourism to thrive. No cause is worth the loss of innocent lives, pursuing the happiness enshrined in tourism.

On behalf of my sector and on my own behalf, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Government of Thailand, the bereaved families and those of the injured and wish them eternal peace and speedy recovery respectively.

I wish to reaffirm notwithstanding all these distractions, my commitment to attend the World Tourism Day Celebrations in Bangkok on 27th September 2016.


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