ZTA charms HOLLYWOOD stars for the Victoria Falls Festive Holiday

Tourism Reporter

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has once again charmed popular personalities on the international scene for the Victoria Falls festive season holiday.

HOLLYWOOD stars and couple Mr Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are currently in Victoria Falls as the resort town continues to attract world personalities.

The duo were spotted while in the midst of the Victoria Falls RainForest on Christmas Day drawing much excitement from both locals and foreigners who took to social media to talk about the couple’s visit.

Mr Douglas and Ms Zeta-Jones are accompanied by their two children Dylan and Carys, according to pictures trending on social media.

The couple which is believed to be staying at one of the high-end private lodges in Victoria Falls reportedly sampled a number of tour activities besides touring the Rainforest where they took several pictures with the background of the mighty waterfall.

They had an interaction with elephants before going on a game viewing on the Zambezi River where they posed for pictures viewing jumbos and hippos literally bathing in the Zambezi River.

The couple and their two children posted on Catherine Zeta-Jones Facebook page confirming their presence in the country.

“Happy holidays from Africa,” shouted the quartet in a short video.

Tourism executive Mr Clement Mukwasi said while arrivals have been a bit subdued in the last few days with numbers expected to rise in the build up to the Vic Falls Carnival due this Sunday, the visit by the Hollywood power couple was a confidence booster to the tourism industry.

He said usually celebrities prefer safari activities as well as high adrenalin ones such as boat cruise, bungee jumping and helicopter flights.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) spokesperson Mr Godfrey Koti confirmed engaging the couple and family.

He said their coming dispels all negative publicity about Zimbabwe adding that Mr Douglas and Ms Zeta-Jones would be the country’s ambassadors.

“As ZTA we are extremely excited that we get such calibre of visitors into the country as it can only mean that the destination is getting much confidence out there as a destination of choice,” said Mr Koti.

“Celebrities and mega stars have their requirements and if you see them preferring to go to a destination it means that it matches the standards that they expect and we are forever grateful to them for bringing their families here to spend time with us. They have vibes about Zimbabwe and the conversation I had with them they were promising to tell the world the Zimbabwe story. “

Mr Koti said Zimbabwe will always find a way to rise to the occasion despite negative publicity.

“As you are aware, we have been facing a lot of bad press lately internationally as media chose to spin the climate story,” he said.

Mr Koti was referring to the recent BBC story which claimed the Victoria Falls had dried up.

“We are making a statement through them that Victoria Falls is not dry and that we are a destination of choice and a must visit. Through them the world will view us differently from how we have been portrayed, “ said Mr Koti.

Uefa president who is also Fifa vice president Aleksander Ceferin, is set to be accompanied by his family on a tour that will see them visit some of the country’s major resort areas.

He will be hosted by COSAFA president, Philip Chiyangwa, during his stay in the country with the family’s first port of call being Victoria Falls where they are scheduled to arrive today.

Tendai Guvamombe