30 August 2018
Buyers who are coming for this year’s 11th edition of Hlanganani/Sanganai World Tourist Expo to be held in Bulawayo signed agreement forms that state that they should bring tourists to Zimbabwe within twelve months when they return to their respective countries.
The travel expo which will be held from September 5 – 9 is going to see international buyers filling in forms, acknowledging they will bring tourists failure and to do that they will be blacklisted from being part of buyers in the coming years.
This was said during the press conference by Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke.
“Every buyer who is attending this year’s edition ought to sign an agreement whereby they agree to bring in tourists within a period of 12 months. Failure to that we automatically blacklist them in the coming years.
“We cannot have buyers enjoying our hospitality, our resources and return to their countries without bringing even a single tourist,” said Dr Kaseke.
A total of 300 companies are booked to exhibit in at ZITF Hall 3and Hall 4for the exhibition.
Twenty three countries are set to be participating at the Expo including Botswana, South Africa,Malawi,Zambia just to mention a few.
“We are expecting to host more than 240 international buyers and over 15 international media from our various source markets,” he said.
The main events at this year’s edition of Sanganai\Hlanganani include The Late Dr Joshua Nkomo Tourism Heritage Trails at the Bulawayo City Hall on September 5.
It will be followed by the official opening, speed networking between local buyers and local tour operators on September 5, Speed Networking between the exhibitors and international buyers from the 6th to the 7th.
There will also be a Sustainable Tourism Quiz School of Hospitality on September 6, Awards Ceremony on September 7, African Tourism Ministers Round Table, Women in Tourism Conference, The Public Day and Chefs’ cookout on September 8.