We can’t see any tangible preparation in Zambia for UNWTO – Tourism union

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Photos taken this morning in Livingstone

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One of the main street in Livingstone

The hotel, catering, tourism and allied workers union of Zambia (HCTAWUZ) has cried foul over the preparations to host the forth-coming United Nations World Tourism Organisation conference in Livingstone.

The union says that there is need to see tangible preparations in the tourist city as the country draws close to co-hosting the event with Zimbabwe in Victoria Falls town in August this year.HCTAWUZ Secretary General Michelo Chizyuka is worried that the bed capacity in Livingstone remains the same and has not increased for a long period of time.

He said this in an interview with ZANIS in Livingstone last week.

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These are some of the private homes delegates will be staying in

Mr Chizyuka wondered where the money for the preparations had gone and what it has been used for as works on the ground cannot be seen with only a few months to go before the hosting of the global event.

 

The only thing we have seen is that permanent secretaries have been touring and their tours have had no results or impact

“We want to see tangible preparations, I have been away but each time I come back I don’t see the impact of the preparations being talked about and the roads are still in a bad state as though the town is not preparing for the UNWTO general assembly,” he said.

He has bemoaned the lack of the union involvement in the preparations saying it should have at least 50 per cent involvement in the preparations of the conference.Mr Chizyuka said that the union feels sidelined by both national and local organising committees.

“The union is supposed to be part of this issue, 50 percent is our take in the preparations, we are able to pass on the basics that the tourists expect,” he said.

He claimed that the media reports were misleading the people as they were portraying that Livingstone is fully prepared to host the prestigious UNWTO when in fact not. He said that the biggest problem was the lack of coordination for the preparations noting that the UNWTO should have been the stepping stone for the development of tourism for Livingstone.

“The only thing we have seen is that permanent secretaries have been touring and their tours have had no results or impact,” he said.
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45 Responses to We can’t see any tangible preparation in Zambia for UNWTO – Tourism union

  1. I find it hard to comprehend the importance of changing things abruptly and expensively for a days event.This UNWTO is about tourists.Tourists are people wishing to see places as they are and that’s the flavor of touring.If we twist our necks so hard to give an artificial impression of who we really are,i am afraid we may snap them and decapitate the industry.Zambia and Livingstone is what it is so let the tourist see it as it is with all its beauty and ugliness.Asking to change things we can not at a rate of working we are not accustomed to is to say the least hypocritical.I in inference suggest for proper utilization of resources given towards the improvement of the town,let people work at realist paces.

    the artist - March 20, 2013
    23:26

  2. please?

    Gift mweemba - March 20, 2013
    09:22

  3. from where am sited in town i can smell the scent of garbeg. Behind a tangible resteraunt.welcome .unwto

    Gift mweemba - March 20, 2013
    09:18

  4. What are ordinary citizens of Livingstone doing in preparation for the conference apart from vending,littering and complaining?paint your houses,clean the gutters and then complain.Masebo is a misfit ,always preening herself on camera like a peacock at the expense of work;-)

    Benny the donkey - March 20, 2013
    08:40

  5. LOL!

    I know this Michelo very well, he is still an employee of Sun International.

    Who said that we would be improving the residential units, the flats below are on John Hunt Way, as far i am concerned those are sold out to individuals and we the reigning kings are not responsible for the painting or refurbishing of personal houses.

    Michelo is lying Road works are on, i do not know if people know what it means to build a road in an area like Livingstone which is sandy, lets take Obote for instance, the road was graded and a particular depth reached and that has been filled and is being compacted and in a few days the tar will be laid.

    The picture shown with iron metal sheets is former Nanoos Store which is under reconstruction, the face of Livingstone will continue to change even after the UNWTO meeting. Let the delegates come to Africa and experience Africa as it is, Pot Holes, Corruption, Thatched Markets, lets not give them another New York, let them travel to Mukuni on that same dirt road, we are behaving like the wife that only brings out certain pottery when w have guests, are we saying w3e are not good enough to enjoy a meal on that same platter? Point being lets focus on developing Livingstone for Zambias future and not for the UNWTO alone.

    Michelo Chizyuka what role do you want to play in the UNWTO? If i was you i would be pushing for better salaries and conditions at Sun International cause thats were you are coming after your time as SG is done. When did you visit the branches and discuss issues the staff are experiencing – or should i take it you are looking for a political appointment and that is why you are making all this noise on developmental issues? remember why you were elected as SG, its to look after us the workers in the hospitality industry…

    Zambian Legend - March 20, 2013
    07:50

  6. I don’t know about you guys, I gave up on PF having to do anything for this country a long time ago. Very soon you will them create another ministry. Perhaps Ministry of By-Elections & Womanizing.Appoint 3 deputy ministers…..

    Gumu Gumu - March 20, 2013
    01:42

  7. The only activity that attracts PF’s 100% effort is bye elections

    mulenga mutale - March 19, 2013
    22:20

  8. Hotel Union to be involved? Yes they feel left out of the allowances, what else would they have against the Permanent Secretaries?

    foloko - March 19, 2013
    17:04

  9. mwebantu Livingstone is a Village

    che-che - March 19, 2013
    15:02

  10. Larry evans has come aboard to solve all these problems. I now wish to remind him to seat down with stakeholders as he promised to learn about these problems and bingo he soughts them. Except that the most important stakeholders are still suspended ‘the councillors”.

    larry evance - March 19, 2013
    14:59

  11. You that have high hopes for this country as it is today really surprise me. The only good thing to have come out of this country was the Mwanawasa presidency, but sadly, it was short-lived. All we have today are self serving politicians who today are embroiled in a bitter succession race to state house. What a shame!

    lily - March 19, 2013
    14:46

  12. yes tour musebo wasilvia ngombe .out of lstone we dont want this lady any more.

    nja - March 19, 2013
    14:43

  13. The problem is that that boy Brian Hapunda and his provincial permanent secretary are allegedly involving themselves in corrupt activities.

    Can we please have a report of what Zim is doing and how things look from that end? Am sure then we will all know why tourists prefer Zim to Zed.

    Bob - March 19, 2013
    14:40

  14. WHY DON’T WE WORRY ABOUT MORE MEANINGFUL ISSUES?
    LIKE NO SCIENCE LABS FOR OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS.
    POOR INFRASTRUCTURE AT SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES.
    THE UNWTO GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND THE MONEY CHANNELED TO BETTER USE.

    .. - March 19, 2013
    14:37

  15. You can not expect to change Livingstone overnight just because Zambia will be hosting the UNWTO. These are just a few selected pictures, how about showing pictures of the good areas were we have top end hotels and lodges.

    Let us not forget that this is what MMD inherited UNIP and they did nothing for 20 years. PF has only being in charge for just over a year and they are working.

    Give credit were it is due. Let us also not forget that this website said the same thing about Zone Six competition and yet it was a success in the end.

    Nelson Chola - March 19, 2013
    14:35

    • No my friend, I am afraid you are terribly wrong. The top end Hotels and Lodges you are talking about were built under the MMD reign. What the Tourism Union want to see is infrastructure development by the PF which can mirror what MMD did. Is it there or not? Royal Zambezi and Sun Hotels were built in One and a half years, the same period PF has been in power.

      Centre Back Of Democracy - March 19, 2013
      17:14

  16. Zambia has been serious in doing things . we thought these bargers called pf could do something. we’re sick and tired, look at our streets, they’ve never been as dirty since Kaunda to Banda. we will surprise them with a dogy exit. they are blank in there heads they can’t think

    sata - March 19, 2013
    14:15

  17. its a flop..the earlier you allowed SA and ZIM to host it ,the better..Zambia under Ukwa and masebo can’t do a good job..

    Ngilingindo - March 19, 2013
    13:57

  18. Masebo indeed must resign.She doesn’t know the first priorities(Bed space & controlling invasive plants in Victoria Falls site,cleaning the city,infrastructure maintainance).She is just excited about this event & yet time is running out.Please able Zambians,lets help before we are emberased during the UNWTO.Tukasebana mwandi…!kubeni.

    Joseph - March 19, 2013
    13:36

  19. Even prostitutes in brazil can prepare for the world cup(2014) in good time. They are already in class to learn new languages.

    Teine - March 19, 2013
    13:30

    • kikikiki

      Uncle Junior - March 20, 2013
      01:23

  20. Zambian pipo give me something not this, are you serious or its just a joke, why not hold the meetings in Lusaka or Ndola and then be flying the
    delegates to Livingstone. Malawi

    DRAKESn - March 19, 2013
    13:26

  21. CULTURAL GROUPS REHEARSING ABOUT THIS UNWTO ARE BASED IN MUCHINGA AND NOT IN SOUTHERN WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THESE SUCCESSFUL FAILURES

    Sway - March 19, 2013
    13:09

  22. THEY V JST BIN GRADNG N GRADING THE ROADS N R NOT APPLYNG TAR WHILEST MASEBO SAYS WE R MO THAN READY.THR IS NOTHNG SIGNIFICANT TO BE SAID ABOUT THE PREPARETION .LOOK AT THE AREA INFRONT OF THE POST OFICE FULL OF POT HALLS AS IF ITS NOT IN TOWN.

    Top society - March 19, 2013
    13:08

  23. What do you expect,with Silver Musebo at the helm of MOT.She is marketing herself instead of working,we want to see change in livingstone.Sata must bring za yellow,l think he can do a better job than this lady who is full of herself.She has now taken the place of Dora siliya.What a shame these Zambian women.

    Charlz - March 19, 2013
    13:01

  24. It it really a shame that we do no seem to be serious on the preparations of this general assembly. I fee really sad that this might be a flop. This will be a result of not wanting to involve any other people “koma in chabe kuti anione anione, yabe, What a shame!

    Munene Maimbo - March 19, 2013
    12:02

  25. Let it be a float. At least we are assured that Sylvier masebo will resign as she clearly said.

    dido - March 19, 2013
    11:54

  26. Sounds like UNWTO might be a…… flop?

    Say what? - March 19, 2013
    11:33

  27. This will be another missed opportunity. No plans!!!!!

    Dick Katuba - March 19, 2013
    11:23

  28. Zambia has hosted big international events successfully before and it will do so again stop moaning for nothing.

    Evans Mbulo - March 19, 2013
    11:13

  29. My God!is this the town that’s supposed to host WTO? clueless retards indeed….

    eagle's eye - March 19, 2013
    10:50

  30. Masebo promised to RESIGN over this , when is she doing the honours?

    Wee know she was lying but can she explain what is happening.

    Odya Mphafa - March 19, 2013
    10:16

  31. Zambians, we complain a lot and no action. There are 74 languages in Zambia and we cannot afford to see one tribe running our country like this. Lets act for God’s and our children’s sake!

    Sikufele - March 19, 2013
    10:11

    • You sound like HH

      Kalu - March 19, 2013
      12:10

  32. iye!my sisters flat.

    cash money - March 19, 2013
    09:57

  33. ITS UPND AND HH CAUSING THESE DELAYS IN DEVELOPMENT IN LIVINGSTONE. CAGE HIM

    MUPAMA PAMO - March 19, 2013
    09:42

    • Its you useful idiots who need caging so our country can regain its sanity back.

      HH and UPND are not controlling the budget.Now that PF has won Livingstone we wait to see the amount development which PF will bring to Livingstone.

      Give me any example tangible development taking place where PF hold parliamentary seats.

      Wanzelu - March 19, 2013
      09:51

    • Ulicipuba

      Moyosizwe - March 19, 2013
      12:44

  34. ZAMBIA WILL REGISTER ZERO TANGIBLE DEVELOPMENT DURING SATA’S TENURE OF OFFICE. SATA AND HIS GOVERNMENT ARE LIARS. THOSE GUYS ARE IN OFFICE TO SERVE THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE GONE INTO OFFICE TO ACCUMULATE WEALTH TO THEMSELVES, NOT TO SERVE ZAMBIANS, NOT TO BRING DEVELOPMENT TO OUR NATION. THESE ARE A BUNCH OF THIEVES.WATCH AND SEE IF THEY WILL BRING ANY DEVELOPMENT EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE IMPOSED THEMSELVES ON LIVINGSTONE RESIDENTS BY IMPOSING EVANS ON THEM.

    COONDE - March 19, 2013
    09:29

    • Zambia will not register ZERO development, it will be NEGATIVE developmemt. In other words we are not even standing still, we are going BACKWARDS.

      Time to throw out this useless and incompetent man in state house and his bootlickers. Clearly his mental state is not up to the job.

      Bimbo - March 19, 2013
      10:48

      • I hear Evans doesn’t wear shoes ordinarily also. He prefers tropicals, simple sandals, and the like.

        Bob - March 19, 2013
        14:44

  35. what about street vending, is it part of tourism in Zambia? Need some education

    simbwindibwi - March 19, 2013
    09:00

  36. Too much talk but very litle action. The Government controlled media houses are very unprofessional as they have to please their masters even on the expense of development. This is pathetic.

    Cruiser - March 19, 2013
    08:57

  37. That’s why they work in Tourism ministry, their job is to tour.

    Vilifier - March 19, 2013
    08:54

    • hahaha touring ka

      mmd7 - March 19, 2013
      09:02