The first batch of international buyers from major source markets have started arriving in the country for pre-tours ahead of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority acting chief executive Mr Givemore Chidzidzi ha said.
The 12th edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo runs from September 12 to 14 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo.
In a media briefing held today in Harare, Mr Chidzidzi, said over 170 buyers are expected to attend Sanganai/Hlanganani expo.
“For us Sanganai/Hlanganani has already started with the arrival of the first batch of international buyers in the country.
“We are looking at 170 hosted buyers who are coming and 25 international media houses. There are 260 exhibitors at and also 20 countries.
“Botswana has come up in a big way with 15 exhibitors at Sanganai/Hlanganani,” he said.
Mr Chidzidzi said some of the highlights at this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani include online appointment for buyers and sellers.
“As we speak both buyers and sellers will initiate appointment online and they are able to maximize on the platform since there are many buyers and sellers who are coming. So they book for an appointment online and then meet later,” he said.
Another highlight is the famed Speed Networking where buyers and sellers derive maximum value since they meet and interact face to face under one roof.
The Hosted Buyers Tours will also provide ZTA with a win-win situation whereby they service providers have the opportunity to subsidize products and then get the exposure and the publicity they need.
Over and above this, Mr Chidzidzi said, there would be special events such as the Tourism Researchers Educators Association which has since become an annual event.
“There is also the Culinary Demos whereby people will experience food and culture. The chefs will be showcasing ther culinary skills and their innovations.
“We also going to have Women in Tourism Capacity Building Workshop in line with the UNWTO guidelines. We are happy to say most accommodation facilities in the host city Bulawayo are run by women so we are bringing them together to discuss and share ideas. There is also the Schools’ Quiz on tourism,” he said.
Mr Chidzidzi said ZTA has given a 50 percent discount to women and youth in tourism who will be exhibiting at Sanganai/Hlanganani.
Commenting on the fuel situation, Mr Chdzidzi said they were pleased that fuel supplies had improved over the past week.
“It is encouraging that fuel situation has improved and that those who want to do business are able to get fuel and make their way to Bulawayo,” he said.