Become worthy tourism ambassadors, delegates told

Some of the faces that were part of the Victoria Falls street carnival
ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe says delegates to the just ended General Assembly should become worthy ambassadors of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s tourism.

Mr Mugabe also described the high turnout of the delegates and observers to the meeting as an endorsement of the two countries as preferred tourist destinations.
The delegates, he said, should spread the message of the Victoria Falls and the majestic drum beat sounds of the two countries and Africa in their respective countries.
He was speaking at Royal Livingstone Hotel during the closing ceremony on Wednesday co-graced by President Michael Sata.
“You have become our worthy ambassadors to spread the majestic drum beat sounds loudest and most alluring Victoria Falls, which remains one of the world’s wondrous monuments.
“You are free to stay as long as you want and you will be very safe.
We are not terrorists. We don’t kill people,” he said.
Mr Mugabe said there was some message on the internet posted from London that a bomb had been planted at the conference centre but the General Assembly took place peacefully and successfully.
He was also surprised that there was a warning from Washington given to prospective visitors that visiting Victoria Falls was dangerous.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you are now our ambassadors to tell the truth.
We seek no harm to others, we seek cooperation, peace and not war in Africa, we seek good neighbourliness and respect for each other’s territorial integrity,” Mr Mugabe said.
Meanwhile, the health sub-committee of the UNWTO local organising committee at the just ended general assembly said Livingstone did not record major health ailments among delegates.
Health subcommittee chairperson Namani Monze confirmed that health personnel on the ground did not handle any major ailments during the week.
Dr Monze who is Livingstone General Hospital medical superintendent said that throughout the period of the UNWTO General Assembly, mobile hospitals were put at Villa Grounds in Livingstone for delegates.
And at the same occasion, President Sata said chiefs should be brought on board in all developmental matters so that they participate fully.
Mr Sata said instead of only hearing about what Governments were doing, it was important that chiefs were brought on board because they were key stakeholders in the developmental process.
He was speaking at Royal Livingstone Hotel on Wednesday night during the closing ceremony of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation
(UNWTO) General Assembly.
“I am pleased to announce that at this gathering, we have Paramount Chief Mpenzeni, Senior Chief Mukuni  and two or three other chiefs from various parts of Zambia.
“We must bring chiefs in all that we are doing instead of them just hearing what we are doing,” he said.
He also asked delegates to observe a moment of silence on the recent death of Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe’s wife.