Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) yesterday launched a media campaign to promote the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly set for next month. AMH are the publishers of NewsDay, Southern Eye, Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard. The media campaign will run under the theme It’s our time – showcasing Zimbabwe’s Seven Wonders ahead of the general assembly slated for August 24-29.
AMH commercial director Rita Chinyoka said the UNWTO general assembly presented a unique opportunity to showcase the country’s seven wonders and the ability of Zimbabweans to come together to host a spectacular and memorable event.
Chinyoka said the opportunity to host the event would probably never come again in a lifetime. “AMH believes that this event is bigger than all of us and is non-partisan. Therefore, AMH has decided to fully support this event as a responsible corporate citizen and will, during the next coming weeks, publish information in all its publications to ensure all Zimbabweans understand the significance of this event and the amazing opportunity it presents,” said Chinyoka.
The group, said Chinyoka, would also host two AMH conversations in Harare and Victoria Falls to promote the event. Forty brand ambassadors to showcase and publicise the UNWTO work and its impact on tourism in Zimbabwe and Africa have also been appointed. Some of the ambassadors include Oliver Mtukudzi, Shingi Munyeza, Ozias Bvute, Douglas Mboweni, Peter Ndlovu and Tawanda Nyambirai.
Zimbabwe has been facing a decade of persistent economic decline and now seeks to bolster its tourism sector by attracting Chinese visitors. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country but it has one of the most beautiful natural sites in the whole of Africa – the Victoria Falls.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has commenced the refurbishment of the Victoria Falls International Airport to boost capacity ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Authority General Assembly to be held in the resort town in August. Victoria Falls International Airport manager Mr Ronnie Masawi said they were extending the airport’s VIP Lounge to cater for the increased VIP traffic during the UNWTO conference.
“We are overwhelmed with sales and we are introducing two extra flights for the Harare-Victoria Falls and Harare-Bulawayo route because of overwhelming demand on all flights,” Air Zimbabwe marketing and public relations manager Ms. Shingai Taruvinga said.
She said the national airline launched the promotion to boost domestic tourism.
“Domestic tourism has not been performing very well and we came up with this initiative as a national airline to allow all Zimbabweans from all walks of life to be mobile and be able to travel and access business opportunities,” she said.
|Fast facts about Air Zimbabwe:|
|Founded||1 September 1967|
|Hub||Harare International Airport|
|Company slogan||Zimbabwean hospitality in the skies|
She said the promotion was also offering Zimbabweans an opportunity to be able access air travel, which gives them convenience, more time management as well as safety.
“Our roads are becoming more and more congested, but now you can fly to Johannesburg and come back the same day instead and avoid congestion on roads and road traffic accidents,” she said.
Ms. Taruvinga said the promotion has also decongested the Beitbridge Border Post.
She said the national airline also wanted to demystify flying and has been able to achieve that by opening doors to all Zimbabweans from all walks of life to fly at cheaper rates.
“We want to thank all Zimbabweans for supporting the national carrier,” she said.
You and your family can relax in the spacious panoramic windowed saloon, laze on the partially shaded deck or enjoy the upper shaded deck whilst someone else does the driving.
The Voyage takes approximately 22 hours in each direction, during which time you will be served with three nourishing meals together with the morning and afternoon tea or coffee which is included in the tariff. There is also a fully stocked cash bar aboard. Other facilities include chair-beds inside, mattresses for on deck and all bedding, toilets and hot showers.
The ferry Sea Lion carries up to 70 passengers and 15 vehicles on a full-day and overnight journey.
There is a height restriction of 1.95 metres for 12 vehicles, and three parking spaces in an open-deck area with no height restriction (ideal for high clearance 4x4s with roofracks or roof tents).
For their confirmed sailing schedule for 2013 click here.
For their confirmed sailing schedule for 2014 click here.
Andora Harbour - The vessels depart on their voyages promptly at 09:00. Intending passengers are advised to be at the departure/loading point not less than 1 hour prior to sailing.
“Soon after departing from Andora Harbour, the Dam Wall may be seen on the right along with the Sampakaruma Group of islands in the fore-ground, named after a local chief. The small rocky outcrop to the left of these is called Rhino Island, so called due to the rescue of a particularly belligerent Rhino during the famous “Operation Noah”. This being the widest point of the lake at 32 kilometres.
Rhino Island – Continuing on a westerly track, and passing the Islands of Sampakaruma on the right and long island on the left, they alter their coarse making a heading for Bumi Hills and the Sibilobilo lagoon, at this point they are either serving Lunch (Kariba – Mlibizi) or serving breakfast (Mlibizi – Kariba).
Bumi Hills - After cruising across the south eastern basin, you will arrive at the Sibilobilo Lagoon, which is formed by a series of islands along its northern border and is over-looked by the well-known Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. This whole area abounds with many varieties of game and birds, numbers of which may frequently be seen at the water’s edge. Binoculars at this time are a decided advantage. The animals swim regularly between the islands and indeed to and from the mainland.
Kota Kota Narrows – As you leave the lagoon via the gap between the Lubangwa and Namembere Islands, most passengers settle down to an after lunch nap in our fully relining bed/armchairs. The ferry continues its journey between the northern shores of the islands forming Sibilobilo Lagoon and another chain of islands which form a channel. Game is often seen in this area. We now enter the “Kota Kota” Narrows which is named after the mountain on the northern shore.
The lake then opens into the Sengwa Basin through which we travel some kilometres offshore. Weather and time permitting, your captain will stop, for those who wish it, to allow a refreshing swim in the warm semi-tropical waters.
Shortly thereafter, you will almost certainly be witness to an African Sunset second to none, whilst enjoying a cool sun downer from the bar before dinner is served at approximately 20:00.
Chete Gorge – You may wish to have an after dinner night-cap as your crew steers you through the night under the constant supervision of the captain, aided by radar and GPS mapping. The ferry passes the Sinamwenda River and then on to Kudu Island where a slight course change takes you into the Chete Gorge, so named by the Batonka tribesment who traded and fished along the river before the harnessing of the Zambezi. The gorge narrows to less than 400 metres wide before we once again sail into open water.
Mlibizi – Having passed a number of islands, Binga and through the Sebungwe Narrows, the ferry will dock at Mlibizi at around 07:00 where after off-loading you may continue your journey.
For more information on fares go to www.karibaferries.com
This is a great cruise and not only does it get you from A to B but is also a really enjoyable part of your holiday.
Date: 6 June 2013
Following on from the success of its first year in 2012, the much-anticipated annual Vic Falls Carnival returns in 2013 – bigger, louder and more fun. Billed as the largest cultural infusion of Southern African talent, the Vic Falls Carnival will be a three-day festival of music, performance, dance, adventure and fun that will hail in the New Year at the beautiful world-famous Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Carnival will host an impressive line-up of musicians and artists hailing from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and Namibia. Confirmed artists already include Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba(www.mokoomba.com) and DJ Francis. More artists are being announced and a full line-up will be released soon.
In addition to the Music Carnival centerpiece, visitors to this year’s festival can participate in a packed programme of activities, including the Steam Train Party Express, eco-friendly initiatives such as tree planting and recycling community projects, and the biggest choice of activities and adrenaline sports at the world’s best adventure destination.
“We are building on the success of last year and expect to welcome thousands of music and adventure lovers from all over the world to party under the smoke that thunders,” says Sean Young, Festival Director of the Vic Falls Carnival.
“What makes the Vic Falls Carnival so special is that it brings together people who take adventurous journeys from all over Southern Africa and the world to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebration – and our aim is to grow the Vic Falls Carnival into the ‘biggest New Year’s party in Africa’”, says Sean.
Tickets have already gone on sale and range from single-day entry to VIP two-day passes. Enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird 2-day Pass Special price of only US$40 through www.webtickets.co.za. This offer islimited so get them before they sell out.
Getting there is half the fun and there are several options for South African travellers, one notable option is the Carnival Overlander package that has just been launched, with two options available.
6 Nights, 7 Days
Tour 1: 27 December 2013 – 02 January 2014
Tour 2: 28 December 2013 – 03 January 2014
Return overland truck trip with Nomad Adventure Tours from Johannesburg to Vic Falls for the Vic Falls Carnival 2013. Six nights tented accommodation – 2 nights Botswana, 4 nights Vic Falls. Tents provided based on twin sharing.
Three-day Vic Falls Carnival pass for 29-31 December 2013 includes the Steam Train Party Express & two days at the Vic Falls Music Carnival, 4x breakfasts in Vic Falls and 2x dinners in Botswana.
Community Carnival – leaving a green footprint
A defining characteristic of the Carnival is it eco-friendliness. Started last year, the Community Carnival will again run various environmental and recycling initiatives this year alongside the main Carnival itself. Supported by the Victoria Falls Green Fund, green activities will include the planting of hundreds of trees at designated sites in the Victoria Falls area, including a school, clinic and community area. Other projects include recycling beer cans from the festival in the shape of one of Africa’s Big 5, and youth involvement initiatives.
For more on the information Community Carnival and the Victoria Falls Green Fund: www.environmentafrica.org
Single day entry: US$45
Two-day pass: US$55
Three-day pass: (29-31 Dec, limited to 400): US$80
VIP single day pass: US$70
VIP two-day pass (30-31 Dec, limited to 500 in VIP area): US$100
The organisers are working hard to finalise an impressive programme for this year’s Carnival, and more information will be released as it becomes available. Visit the below links to stay up-to-date on the Vic Falls Carnival – undoubtedly the coolest place to be this New Year’s!
Facebook page: VicFallsCarnival
Vic Falls Carnival is another awesome Seed Experience event.
Vic Falls Carnival
Mobile (SA): +27 768 586 801
Mobile (Zimbabwe): +263 779 555 505
Date: 12 June 2013
Registration for World Travel Market 2013 is now live. WTM 2013 is poised to be the biggest and best WTM yet with a number of new initiatives taking place across the four day event from Monday 4 – Thursday 7 November.
New initiatives include:
• The Travel Technology region become its own event within WTM called The Travel Tech Show at WTM
• World Travel Market is also launching a dedicated luxury event called A Taste of ILTM at WTM, in association with fellow Reed Travel Exhibition’s event International Luxury Travel Market which will take place on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November, and
• Business Travel Market (BTM), WTM’s sister event, will co-locate with WTM at ExCeL for Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November
By registering for World Travel Market, visitors will have access to The Travel Tech Show at WTM and Business Travel Market as well as WTM.
WTM 2013 is poised to generate a record amount of business conducted and negotiated at the event in the following 12 months, beating last year’s record of £1,860 million.
WTM 2012 saw an impressive 3% increase in visitors with each of the four days attracting more visitors than in 2011. Overall WTM 2012 attracted almost 29,000 travel trade visitors, with the first day – the key day for business negotiations – receiving a 5% increase in exhibitor invitations visitors.
|Fast facts about World Travel Market:|
|When did WTM start||It is now in its 34th year|
|WTM 2013 Venue||Excel London|
|Dates||4th – 7th November 2013|
|Number of senior travel industry professionals who attend||Almost 48 000|
|WTM 2012||Generated £1860 million of travel industry contracts|
|WTM is owned by||Reed Exhibitions (world’s leading event’s organiser)|
WTM 2013 will include a full events programme consisting of sessions from the popular World Responsible Tourism Day, Technology, Aviation and Hotels programmes.
WTM 2012 saw an attendance of 14,865 delegates (7,494 unique people) attending the 127 sessions.
To pre-register visit: http://www.wtmlondon.com/register
About World Travel Market:
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
Almost 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, now in its 34th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM is owned by the world’s leading event’s organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.
Every year tourists from all over the globe and Zimbabweans descend upon the mighty Victoria Falls for a once in a lifetime New Year’s celebration. Combine Southern Africa’s biggest artists, the world’s greatest adventures and activities, with a New Year’s countdown like nowhere else on earth and you have arrived at Vic Falls Carnival!
It was moonlight dinner. The moon shone brilliantly, dwarfing the multifarious array of the stars that winked dimly and seemed to drift as far away as possible from the moon. The galaxy of stars seemed to understand that the moon was superior and kept their distance. The moon was their father, for, they only shine brightly in his absence. As the moon drifted westwards, so did the stars follow, shining brightly, yonder in east and dimly in the west as the moon approached.
On the eastern side, the Victoria Falls roared as millions of gallons of water plunged to eternity, down the Zambezi, sending a cool breeze wafting westwards to the rooftop restaurant. A spitting distance from the restaurant tree branches and leaves sang unknown rhythms, taking their notes from the westerly winds. It was cool and exciting.
A few candles carefully set on vantage points, defiantly winked at the wind, their flame blending with the cutlery, the tables, the plates and the aura of the open rooftop restaurant, aptly named the Panorama Restaurant. The buffet dinner was inviting and sumptuous. A group of Chinese enjoyed the meals, spoke and laughed, until their bellies were satisfied.
Panorama Restaurant is one of the attractions at the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, which has undergone a soft facelift ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly slated for August 24 to 29. The three-star hotel is an outstanding infrastructure unmatched in beauty and architecture, which exudes Arabic origins. The use of the arch on the superstructure in astounding and there is no such hotel in Zimbabwe.
This is a unique property of Moorish architecture conveniently located near town and 2km from the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel is the only hotel in the town that offers a spectacular view of the rumbling mist, Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”.
It was named the Rainbow Hotel because of its manipulative view of the Victoria Falls, which no other hotel in the town has. It is an exclusive right for the hotel guests to see the rainbow as it forms and disappears, intermittently on the falls. The Rainbow Hotel is the only one in town with a Swim and Sip bar, where guests swim and drink. It is the only swimming pool with a bar in situ.
The Rainbow Hotel restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its enticing African and blending in of Western and African cuisine. While guest enjoy their authentic Zimbabwean dinner they are always treated traditional music and dance. In the past few weeks, the hotel has undergone facelift, changing its floors and tiles ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly. The walls look much cleaner and the huge trees will soon be trimmed to give a full view of the falls. There is no doubt that the UNWTO delegates are up to a good treat.
Isdore Guvamombe Tourism matrix
THE timing of the relaunch of the Egypt Air services to Harare is perfect considering the expected increase in the movement of people into the country for the United Nations World Tourism
Organisation General Assembly next month, an official said yesterday. Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the airline’s inaugural flight from Cairo to Harare at the Harare International Airport, Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development Permanent Secretary Mr Munesu Munodawafa said the direct flight solved the problem of connectivity between Zimbabwe and Northern Africa.