AFRICA – The Zimbabwean Government has been given the go ahead to set up a National Conventions Bureau (NCB) as part of sustained efforts to increase tourist arrivals into the country, according to Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi.
“We have received support from the cabinet to immediately look at setting up the National Conventions Bureau, which will also serve as a cost-cutting platform. It will also enable use to secure rights to international exhibitions and events,” Mzembi told delegates at the recent Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Fair 2013. “In the next fortnight, I will come back with a structure to establish MICE business in the country.”
Mzembi said as part of the Government’s strategy to promote the concept, he would like to see the envisaged NCB harnessing strategic properties or assets and collapsing them for use as conference facilities.
He suggested the use of the Harare International Conference Centre, the Hilton complex in Eastlea and the ZCC Mutendi Complex, which has a capacity of 18,000 delegates.
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