Zimbabwe named 2014 World Best Tourist Destination | The Herald [??]

via Zim named 2014 World Best Tourist Destination | The Herald May 8, 2014  by Macdonald Mudzaki

Zimbabwe has been awarded the 2014 World Best Tourist Destination title by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) for promoting eco-tourism and successfully convening the 20th session of the World Tourism Organisation General Assembly conference last year. The council named Zimbabwe as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2014 and receiver of the Favourite Cultural Destination distinction for 2014 despite tremendous logistic and economic challenges facing the country.

“The successful organisation of this world event (UNWTO conference) in spite of huge logistic and economic challenges, proves without doubt, the capacity of the Zimbabwe Government and the tourism industry’s capacity to organise world level events,” Prof Anton Caragea, president of the ECTT said in a statement.

“Following a magnificent vision and the organisation of a successful world tourism meeting, Zimbabwe has unequivocally demonstrated that it is a safe, open and perfect tourism destination.”

He hailed Zimbabwe for supporting the promotion of community-based tourism which ensured the survival of sustainable tourism, with its low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species in southern Africa. “Community-based eco-tourism promoted by Minister Walter Mzembi is a perfect way of sharing revenue that supports rural communities’ prosperity through opportunities to market their foodstuffs and handicrafts to the world,” the ECTT president said.

“The way in which eco-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes eco-friendly tourism the lesson that the Republic of Zimbabwe is offering to the world.”

Zimbabwe also scored highly for giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature, the opportunity to explore nature as well as the opportunity to visit the country’s unique and extraordinary landscapes, national parks and cultural and historical monuments.
The country won praise for affording tourists a chance to visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument, which offered them a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-colonial civilisation of Africa and a rare window into centuries old traditions.

The ECTT said the preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance such as the Great Zimbabwe Monument (added to the Unesco World Heritage Site list in 1986), Khami Ruins Monument, Matobo Hills, Mana Pools National Park, Ziwa Monuments and the Victoria Falls among others, made destination Zimbabwe “an incomparable contribution to the world legacy”.

“Zimbabwe is today a hot spot for adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country one of the world’s top adventure destinations,” the council noted.

“Keeping alive indigenous traditions allows tourists and visitors to be part of the Zimbabwe people’s social fabric which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience – are all achievements that make Zimbabwe a first class destination.”

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi was also appointed as an academic member of the European Tourism Academy.

The awards are by nomination and are conferred to the country that would have demonstrated significant strides in improving its tourism status.
Previous holders of the award during the last five years include the United Arab Emirates Turkey, Laos and South Korea.



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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    What a load of rubbish – this organisation runs out of Romania. Previous so claimed best destinations were:
    2007 Syria. Yeah right don’t go there now it’s in full scale civil war
    2008- Turkey. Yeah right
    2009 -UAE yeah right – got a million dollars handy.
    2010-Korea yeah right nearly at war with mugabes best mate
    2011-UAE- no further comment
    and Tobago
    2013 Laos – not bad
    2014 – Zimbabwe

    As dear reader these are not the ” main stream” maybe the selection of countries was only limited to 6 countries paying back handers to the organisation.
    This claim is subjective as the Internet suggests many including UAE and Laos , but Australia, Peru, Mexico are equally as good. I doubt the selection committee had the chance to travel Zimbabwe independently.

    Issues to note in Zimbabwe
    Pot holes you can lose your car in.
    Cholera in some places
    Intermittent electricity
    Uncollected rubbish
    Corrupt police
    Train service that defies belief
    Air service that may ask you to pay for the fuel and customs at the other end
    State controlled media

    I suppose if one hasn’t travelled the world and you went straight from Bulgaria to Zimbabwe one would say it was a top destination.

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      Timba 9 years ago

      You obviously don’t know what the awards are based on and what is looked for from what you just posted above. You are deluded… Tourists look for something unique in case you did not know. You telling me Syria was not a tourist destination in 2007????? Just to mention one. We could be here all day long

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      Wakeup 9 years ago

      lol dude wake up. Syria was 2007 not 2014 as you think. so you cant compare both time frames. its just like thinking zimbabwe is just like rhosdesia now.

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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    And don’t get sick there – and carry your own blood stocks. Mugabe doesn’t go to Singapore to have his “eyes” done because the health services in Zimbabwe are great it’s because they’re pretty shocking by western standards.

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      Doris 9 years ago

      Brilliant comment!! I’m sure others can now add to your list!

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    Zvamusina Kumbirai 9 years ago

    Not because there is something of interests but because they only want to make history of distorted country. No one will think to do anything of investment or work in a country which he understand anything can happen and lose everything.

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    Award from that bunch is not worth the paper it is printed on.They have nothing to do with the EU and it is one huge con.Dream on ZANU PF,dream on because that is all you have left.Dreams about how you are going to spend your ill begotten zillions but more to the point is where to spend because no decent country wants anything to do with you bunch of scum bag morons.