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The best place to visit in 2014- Zimbabwe

The General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE -FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2014.

I find it quite strange that Zimbabwe is awarded the Tourism destination of the Year 2014 and yet there are still travel warnings out in place. Most people are not aware that the travel ban on Zimbabwe has been removed and I am sure that through ignorance a lot of people are discouraged to visit Zimbabwe. All the negative media portrayals of Zimbabwe work against us and make our country a less appealing tourism destination. It doesn’t help that our president Robert Mugabe, frequently has unsavory outbursts against other nations that do not help market our country.

I like to represent Zimbabwe wherever I go. I label myself as a Zimbabwean and feel that it is my responsibility to be an ambassador for my country. I do a lot of promotions for the Victoria Falls and all the wonders our country ha to offer. Interestingly enough, I am often asked if it is safe to visit Zimbabwe. I also get asked if there is food in Zimbabwe and if the inflation is still at astronomical levels. This shows you how well we are marketing our country. No-one would want to visit a country where the shelves are empty and there is lots of violence. As they say it is very easy to lose a reputation, but it very hard to build it back. This is the case with Zimbabwe. When things go wrong, the media is always at hand to spread the bad news. When things change, they find another sorry story to report on. Hopefully, with this award we will be able to remove the negative perceptions around our country.

As Zimbabweans, we need to market our country and spread the positive news about the renewal in our country. Let us make as much noise as we can about this award.Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy had presented a report on the last year (2013) situation of the Award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION that was dedicated to People’s Democratic Republic of Laos and it was used accordingly with rules and regulations and have being proving highly efficient in attracting new tourists and investor`s. In 2013 Lao PDR had enjoyed a record number of tourists and the highest increase in the number of incoming tourist in the world with a staggering 8% increase during 2013/2014 being ranked NUMBER 1 COUNTRY in the world in the number of received tourists despite the world economic crisis.

Obtaining an 8% growth in tourism industry it also achievements unmatched by any other country in this time of hard hitting recession on a world scale, stated ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

On the debate for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented the report titled: ZIMBABWE: THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINATION. A SEVEN WONDER IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL proposing ZIMBABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014.

Among the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 to ZIMBABWE the report outlined:

-The peerless organization of World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 24-30 August 2013, the world gathering of tourism experts comprising more than 120 countries.

-The successful organizing of this world event, despite tremendous logistic and economic challenges, proves without a doubt the capacity of Zimbabwe authority and tourism industry to organize world level events and to host all level of tourism.

-After the perfect support and creative vision in carving a successful world tourism meeting, ZIMBABWE has unequivocal demonstrated that is a safe, open and perfect managed tourism power house.

-The promotion and support offered to a new concept of community natural protection supporting tourism friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest south-African eco-climate.

-Community based ecotourism protection carved by Minister Walter Mzembi is a perfect way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting their foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make eco-tourism as the base for an economic local development.Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering eco-friendly tourism it is a lesson that REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering to the world.
Offering to tourists and outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Waterfall, the National Parks as: Mana, Eastern Highlands from Manicaland, Mana Basins from West Mashonaland, Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland, Chilojo Cliffs, and Matobo Hills from Bulawayo etc.

All this regions and natural parks are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized.

-The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Republic of Zimbabwe, the transformation of Harare in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of people`s of Zimbabwe

-The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: cultural, historical and rich legacy of Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe, the preservation of the former capital of Shone Kingdom-Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo area with a world class fortification system and palatial complex from 12th century, this are offering a rare insight for tourists into one of the greatest civilization of pre-colonial Africa and a rare window into traditions of centuries.

Today, REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is creating and offering for tourists an open air museum, a rare collection of historical and archeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance and value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa national monuments dating from Stone Age period with an incomparable contribution to world legacy.

The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for adventure tourism offering a large area of regions suitable for this special kind of tourism and the necessary infrastructure to welcome adventure sicker, the safety structures and natural potential to rank amongst the top world adventure spots.

Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE people, offering possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that transform REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE in a spiritual first class destination.

After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from Romanian Parliament and Director of European Parliamentary Committee in European Council on Tourism and Trade had express the feeling’s of all present at the gathering declaring that: REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is the perfect candidate, with a perfect record of promoting eco-friendly tourism, ecological and social oriented tourism and that only a unanimity vote in favor of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE could express the unwavering European tourism and economic community support in favor of such a world model.

Mr. Victor Deleanu, ECTT rapporteur, presented also a report on ZIMBABWE: HOT SPOT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM reiterating the highest praises for the country safety record and infrastructure and hospitality industry achievements that are making Zimbabwe the perfect destination in Africa.

Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of Trade Mission of ECTT also highlighted the importance that today, when Africa is celebrated 50 years of African Unity, Europe must express his commitment and appreciation for Africa by crowning ZIMBABWE as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014.

In the end of the debate European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE -FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2014.

It was also presented the Official Invitation, on behalf of Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE for a delegation of European high ranking official of European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Harare, in person, to His Excellency President of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE –ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE the most outstanding personality of today Africa.

Awarding the highest world tourism prize of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accepting the invitation for a working visit of high-ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, are all momentous and felicitous occasions that are offering the symbol of admiration that all tourism experts are having for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE concluded at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

May this be the beginning of the Zimbabwe tourism industry come back. If we al play a part in marketing our country, we can build our tourism industry again.

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  1. succuba
    June 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Just before the Zanu-PF appreciation society et al, start ululating about this award they need to understand something about this impressive sounding tourist award from the dubious “European Council on Tourism and Trade”.

    The ECTT has nothing to do with any government body or the EU you need to understand this is a Non profit making organisation based in Bucharest (not exactly the hub of tourism).
    Go to the ECTT website, it is poorly written, the text flows over textboxes, spelling mistakes in abundance etc, its an embarrassment really, they don’t even have a domain name, they host via godaddy, NO EU affiliated organisation would do this – go figure.

    The site says that its members are from 27 countries spread over the EU but do some background on those top names, ALL are Romanians.

    The website states its objectives are to – “Promote” non EU countries as attractive and safe tourist destinations and is aimed at industry and government and educational personnel interested in obtaining tourists from EU and other countries.

    How does it do it? Well bribes & backhanders mainly. The site states that it is financed by members contributions and with additional financial support for “specific campaigns is raised overseas” but fails to elaborate on this and will not disclose the donors of contributions!!!
    When Trinidad & Tobago won the award they asked ECTT how they could win this, they were told by the ECTT how to do it and when the short list was drawn up the three best tourist locations for that year were, Cuba, Nigeria & T&T, and of course T&T won it that year!!

    Look at the past winners and tell this is a legitimate and trustworthy organisation.
    Syria, Turkey, UAE (twice), Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos and now Zimbabwe.

    To summerise: This award is not known in the tourism industry. The ECTT is not affiliated with any part of the European Unions Institutions. It is questionable where the money is coming from, and in Trinidad rumours spread quickly that despite a denial from ECTT money WAS given to receive the reward.

    On Monday 10th March 2014 Burma also announced to the world that they have won the VERY SAME TWO AWARDS from the VERY SAME ORGANISATION for the VERY SAME YEAR 2014.- says it all really, its just a sham.

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