Friday, 31 May 2019
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Friday, 24 May 2019
Leonard Ncube in
THE resort town of
pursuing a new trend in tourism by encouraging hoteliers and operators to adopt
wine tourism. Victoria Falls
A few days ago, 13 wine tasters from different tourism players across the country took part in the wine tasting festival called ‘Zimbabwe Sommelier Cup Qualifier’ at Victoria Falls Hotel.
The event was in preparation for the grand wine tasting festival organized by Wines of South Africa (WoSA) in
September. Cape Town,
Initially 22 competitors had registered for the competition with 13 managing to participate.
Wine is a pull factor in many destinations with key tourism markets identifying food and wine as deciding factors in picking a holiday destination.
Tourism experts believe travellers select holiday destinations based on type and availability of wine as one of the deciding factors as wine is one of the sophisticated beverages well sought after by tourists.
Mutare-based Takura Makadzange emerged the winner after shrugging off close contest from Sikhangele Ndlovu and Maxene Chigidi of
WoSA Zimbabwean agent Ms Kuda Hove said wine was a key pull factor in tourism.
“The event was well attended and we will have training in October.
already draws thousands of visitors on its own and the added benefit of having
a world class selection of wine lists as well as Sommeliers Cup is likely to
attract more visitors to this destination in the way of wine tourism,” she
“Wine is known as a sophisticated beverage and in tourism that creates varied travel options. Tourists are more than happy to have wine included in their itinerary or to visit a wine region,” she said.
Participants were mostly from around
The three winners will represent the country in
The participants went through an examination, blind tasting contest and welcoming guests among other activities.
This involved tasting wine while blindfolded and then indentifying its type and brand, colour, intensity of aromas, aroma characteristics, palate, flavour characteristics, vintage like, when it was produced and naming the grape(s) variety used in the wine.
Preliminary rounds in individual countries will end in August while the final to be held in
, will take
place from 19–26 September. Country representatives will be hosted in Cape Town
and tour the winelands. South Africa
They will visit some of
Cape Town’s most prestigious wineries for wine tasting
where they will mix and mingle with some of ’s best wine tasters. South Africa is
not participating for fairness in the competition since it is home to the best
wines. South Africa
WoSA represents more than 500 wine producers in
who export about 20 million litres
into the world. South
Traditional markets include the
United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden
and the Netherlands, United States, Canada,
China, and some
African countries. Japan
Victoria Falls hosted the first ever wine festival last year when it was revealed that
imports about 1,5 million litres of wine annually from SA. Zimbabwe
Source: Vic Falls embraces wine tourism (23/5/19)
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) said this yesterday, following the recent visit by a delegation of 343 Chinese tourists, which arrived in the country last week on a four-day expedition that ended on Sunday.
The delegation had keen interest in exploring strategic alliances and business opportunities in
“Chinese tourists’ expedition ends amid renewed expectation for bigger visitations from the East Asian country. With the sector chasing an ambitious three million visitors by year end and with
being one of the biggest source markets for tourism in the world, the group’s
visit is expected to help market the country’s tourist attractions,” said ZTA. China
Tourist arrivals to
reached 2 579 974 in 2018, six percent up from 2 422 930 received in 2017. Zimbabwe
The tourists from
China are the first batch of at least 10 000
tourists from the East Asian country expected to visit in the
next five years. Zimbabwe
The delegation made their last stop at Victoria Falls —
most popular tourist destination. Zimbabwe
The visitors enjoyed their moment on a boat cruise on the
, capped off by a
send-off dinner at Elephant Hills on Sunday evening. Zambezi
The send-off ceremony was graced by several Government dignitaries including Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Prisca Mupfumira.
The business and leisure tourists made a short shopping stop-over at Kuma Market, and then lunch at Boma before departing for
yesterday afternoon. China
“This completes a four-day tour of the country, an expedition, which included a visit to Great Zimbabwe — the largest stone structure in Africa outside of
,” said ZTA. Egypt
The visit followed a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Touchroad International Holdings Group and the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality during President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State visit to
in 2018. China
The engagement offered
opportunity to further raise its profile by showcasing new developments,
destinations, offers and providing a platform for companies to network and do
“The visit undoubtedly consolidated our visibility to East Asia, apart from also generating much needed foreign currency – the 343 delegation spent well over US$1 000 each. We hope to maintain our top-of-mind brand status confirmed by the recent milestone in which we were named the third must-visit destination in the world by international travel guide, Lonely Planet,” ZTA head of corporate affairs, Mr Godfrey Koti, said.
Source: Tourism sector targets 3 million visitors (21/05/19)
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Leonard Ncube in
THE Chinese delegation of 343 business tourists lit up
resort town over the weekend as they filled the streets and booked for some
The delegation, which was accompanied by Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira, Matabeleland Provincial Affairs Minister Richard Moyo and officials from Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, landed in the resort town on Saturday afternoon and left yesterday.
Upon arrival, the delegation – led by Mr He Liehui of Touchroad International – went for a boat cruise and a tour of the Rainforest. They were escorted in several buses around town.
In the morning they visited various markets around town before a dinner at Elephant Hills where they wowed the crowd with opera performances coupled with music and dance.
Speaking at the event, Minister Mupfumira said the partnership with the Asian country will lead to strategic economic gains.
“This visit has been extraordinary and we would like to thank President Mnangagwa for welcoming our visitors. We had a business forum with them and some went to visit Great Zimbabwe before coming here today.
Zimbabwe and have a long standing
all-weather relationship and what we have started is transforming into a
strategic partnership in line with what the two countries’ Presidents agreed on
when they met,” said Minister Mupfumira. China
She appealed to the visitors to be
“We want you to be
Zimbabwe ambassadors and tell and the
whole world to visit our country. We hope you will come again to visit,” said
the Minister. China
Min Mupfumira also said that Government was already engaging towards a flight from
China via . Plans are also underway
to open an office in Tanzania Shanghai, China with the aim of linking up with
Zimbabweans in Asia.
Yesterday the group had a cultural lunch at the same venue before departing for
The leader of the delegation Mr He said
has potential to be a world class destination. Zimbabwe
“This is our last day for the trip and we are grateful for the hospitality we received in
country has a lot of treasures and we believe it will be a world class
destination in future,” he said, while promising to assist Government in
developing the Zimbabwe
Before coming to
Zimbabwe, the delegation visited . @ncubeleon Djibouti
Source: Chinese delegation lights up Vic Falls (20/5/19)
Sunday, 12 May 2019
However, management now feels the budget has since been eroded by inflation since the monetary policy statement presented in February which pegged the exchange rate between RTGS$ currency and US$ at 1:2.50. Since then the situation has changed with the local currency losing over half of its value at the official market while the parallel market rate has shot through the roof to US$: 5RTGS$.