The annual Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo has over the past four years exposed Bulawayo to a wider tourism audience both local and international, an official has said.
Resident Minister of Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Honourable Judith Ncube, said Sanganai/Hlanganani affords an opportunity to meet global tourism players.
“The hosting of the annual tourism showcase, Hlanganani/Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo over the past 4 years has been a much welcome move as it profiles our beautiful city and affords us an opportunity to meet the global tourism players like yourselves.
“We therefore are humbled to host you today and we hope your stay will be a memorable one.
“I am certain that from this visit you will see that we are indeed a must visit destination and we hope you will include us in all your future travel plans,” she said.
“This is an indication that once you visit Zimbabwe it will be very hard to get it out of your heart.”
Hon Ncube said as a province they were ready to engage potential investors in tourism and other sectors of interest.
“The City also boosts of lots of business opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry including lodges and hotels.
“The City of Bulawayo boasts of several iconic tourist attractions, such as the nearby Matobo Hills, which though in Matebeleland South is situated only a 30minute drive from the City.
“Matobo Hills is also home to the grave of the Matebele King, King Mzilikazi, father to King Lobengula who founded this, our great City. It is therefore a very significant historic place,” Hon Ncube said.
Besides being the cleanest, Bulawayo is at the fore-front in the National Clean-Up initiatives.
The National Railways of Zimbabwe Museum is one of the historic attractions in the city.
Its oldest exhibit dates back to 1897. This places houses one of the most historic rail coaches of a historic gentleman who does not need introduction; Cecil John Rhodes, who as history records, was born in Britain and studied at Oriel College in Oxford, served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896.
Most of the exhibits were made a reality by Rhodes whose dream was to construct a railway from Cape to Cairo.