500 UNWTO lodging confirmations

Waterfront Lodge - Livingstone, Zambia July 2013 Pre-UNWTO in Pictures


Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary George Zulu has dismissed assertions that the awarding of contracts for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly was marred with corruption.


Auditor General Anna Chifungula revealed that some contracts awarded for various contractors and suppliers ahead of this month’s UNWTO general assembly have been dubious and have ended up costing the nation huge amounts of public funds.

But Mr. Zulu has told Qfm an interview that the contracts were awarded following the right procedure with all stakeholders involved.

He however notes that it was the execution of the contracts that was going wrong but has since been rectified.

Mr Zulu adds that the concerns of the Auditor General will have no negative impact on the final preparations for the UNWTO.

He says everything is in place, adding that Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has been in Livingstone making final arrangements for people to start coming in.

Mr. Zulu has also disclosed that as of Wednesday, 500 bookings were made by member countries to stay on the Zambian side which is a clear sign that a good number of people will be in attendance.

He has further assured Zambians of a successful hosting of the international conference.