Zambian Watchdog

Zambia fails to organise UNWTO, engages ‘backward’ RSA company

May 07
16:30 2013

A few days after calling them backwards, the Zambian government has now engaged a South African Based Conference Organising company to be in charge of the overall organising of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism General Assembly (UNWTO) to be co-hosted between Zambia and Zimbabwe in August this year.

Speaking during a press briefing at Royal Sun Hotel today, Minister of Tourism and Arts Ms Sylvia Masebo said government was confident that The Conference Company of South Africa would be able to competently organise the event with success.

Ms Masebo said the company will be in charge of organizing for the venue, food, accommodation, hosting of actual event as well as other side activities that would take place on the Zambian side during the global event.

She explained that her ministry was happy that the government has engaged a company with expertise in organizing mega events adding that the function of a professional conference organizer was vital in
serving as focal point person to coordinate conference activities between the two countries.

“I am elated that the company we have engaged has experience in organising mega events and I have no doubt that they will be able to successfully organize this event,” Ms Masebo said.

Ms Masebo expressed confidence that the professional conference company through collaboration with conference organizers engaged by Zimbabwe will also help to double efforts in co-hosting a successful
event.

And The Conference Company Chief Executive Officer, Ms Nina Freysen Pretorius said it was a privilege to be accorded an opportunity to help in organizing the prestigious event.

“It is a great honour and privilege for us to help in organizing the event and we look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Art to ensure that the project is a success,” Ms
Pretorius said.

She noted the co-hosting of the event between Zambia and Zimbabwe is a rare opportunity that would undoubtedly elevate the profile of the two countries and Africa as a whole.

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