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Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017
THE Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) received assistance from the Zimbabwean government for saving the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo. The annual tourism fair had been suspended due to lack of funds and ZTA had a debt to the service provider $150,000 for services provided during the last edition.
ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke said that the Zimbabwean government has given out funds to pay for the debt and allow for preparations for commencing the expo. To quote Kaseke, “The new development has been prompted by the commitment made by the government to fund the expo and also to pay all the debts that were incurred during previous edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani Expo.”
He added, “In a meeting held between the ZTA and the Ministry of Finance on the 11th of April 2017, officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development did not only commit to fund Sanganai 2017 but they have already disbursed funds for us to pay all the service providers who supplied goods and services to Sanganai last year but were still being owed by the ZTA. The Ministry of Finance has also provided us with enough funds to start preparations for Sanganai/Hlanganani this year’s edition of the expo.”
Dates for the expo have been pushed to 27th till 30th of September 2017 in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair for marketing and preparations for the event. The tourism sector of Zimbabwe is estimated to be contributing about 11 percent to the national GDP and tourism minister Walter Mzembi has set an ambitious goal of a $5 billion tourism economy by 2020.