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

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

  1. George Kateka (China)  May 10, 2013 at 15:43

    It is very sad and Zambia is INSULTED. Imagine “Zambia hosts a UNWTO Conference” and yet the de facto hosts are South Africans.

    NDELOLESHA FYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Chante  May 10, 2013 at 10:04

    Dear Red Nails, it must be noted that Protea Hotels Zambia owns the master franchise for Protea in Zambia (100% Zambian Ownership)and that all their properties were built by a Zambian company, just a small correction to your otherwise well meant comment.

  3. KWAZA KU UTUKA  May 10, 2013 at 08:11

    IN THE FIRST PLACE WE WERE TOLD THAT THE CONFERENCE WILL GIVE CHANCE TO ZAMBIANS TO SHOW CASE OUR TALENTS AND ABILITIES SO THAT WE MAKE ABIT OF SOME MONEY. I AM SUPRISED TO LEARN THAT WE DONT HAVE THE EXPERTIES AND CAPABILITY TO MANAGE AN EVENT OF SUCH MAGNETUDE, WAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR LOCAL COMPANIES SUCH AS SILVIA CATERING AND EVENTS HIRE ETC. INSTEAD WE OPT FOR A FOREIGN COMPANY TAKING AWAY WAT WE NEED MOST IN OUR COUNTRY MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS AND TAX SO THAT WE CAN PAY MASEBO,S SALARY SO THAT SHE CAN CONTINUE TO GLO. PLS LET US LEARN TO REASON.
    BY THE WAY LETS HOPE PROPER TENDER PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED HONOURABLE MINISTER U NEED TO LEAR FROM HONOURABLE DORA AND THE REDAH SCANS

  4. Dear Zambia  May 10, 2013 at 06:28

    I am rather surprised Masebo took this route as she is the one who is educated in this field and should know how to plan an event as a minister. Outsourcing to another country only takes away from the Zambian people and benefiting the other country. Instead of ending poverty in Zambia, she is aiding the other country by giving the jobs away. Funny thing is I have my bachelors degree in Hopitality Management, have studied Hospitality Law and have my Event Management certificate and no hotel in Zambia has returned my emails based on me sending my CV. I have worked in hotels in the US, do weddings, corporate events and banquets and Zambian companies will not hire me with all my expertise. I have now decided to go to Dubai where they value my qualifications. This just shows that Zambian’s are not serious! I am a 24 year old qualified Zambian female and looking to give back to my country and they won’t hire me. What a shame!!

  5. Puungwa  May 8, 2013 at 16:26

    It just confirms that whites are miles ahead in critical thinking ,we should just as well open zambia to white emmigration,so that white zambians run zesco and water utilities,shame maningi.

  6. Red Nails  May 8, 2013 at 13:45

    Hello, we Zambians are backward, true and sad. South Africans have better housing standard, better infrastructure, health care, the list can go on… Who built our malls, our hotels , can we compare Lusaka hotel with a Protea hotel? hmmmm no!! what We have is SATA!!!

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