UNITED States Ambassadors to Zambia Mark Storella and his Zimbabwean counterpart Bruce Wharton will next week embark on a cross-border bike ride to promote international tourism, economic growth, and wildlife conservation in the two countries.
The American diplomats will lead a delegation of cyclists that includes Zambian Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo, vice president’s wife Charlotte Scott, Livingstone Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti, visiting Miss USA Nana Meriwether, U.S. Embassy officers and Zambian Youth Ambassadors Humphrey Mwilaaka “Cactus” and Luyando Haangala aka “Lulu.”
Joining the cycling delegation from Zimbabwe will also be comedian Carl Joshua Ncube and ZiFM DJ Lorraine Bgoya. The U.S. Bike Accross Borders trip highlights the economic and conservation merits of tourism ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe August 24-29.
“I have seen the beauty of all corners of Zambia, from the great Zambezi River to the cascading Kalambo Falls in Mbala,” said Storella. “I am delighted to be able to share the wealth of Zambia’s cultural heritage with our visitors. Together, by respecting and protecting natural resources and cultural arts, we can help Zambia and the region to diversify its economy, spur private investment, and create jobs that lead to prosperity.” He added.
The bike trip ends on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls Thursday, May 23. In addition to bicycling through Livingstone and Victoria Falls, the two diplomats and their traveling delegations will learn about tourism-related entrepreneurial endeavors, promotion of cultural arts, eco-tourism, and wildlife conservation to include snare clearing and protection of endangered vultures. The delegations will also meet local government officials, participate in a US government-funded sports program with high school students and tour US government-funded health facilities.