Liberty Dube Business Correspondent
TOURISM players in Manicaland have stepped up preparations for the 11th edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo which will be held from 6 to 9 September at Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority told Post Business that preparations for the annual business expo were at an advanced stage with exhibitors, local regional and international buyers as well as international media registering their participation.
“It’s all set for this year’s edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo. Preparations are running smoothly and the response we are getting from local, regional and international buyers is exciting. Dates won’t change, we are ready for yet another successful Expo,” said a ZTA official.
Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) Manicaland Chapter Clive Chinwada said scores of tourism players from the Eastern Highlands have expressed enthusiasm towards the annual expo.
“We have got players that are participating. The response is overwhelming. The expo is a critical platform for us in the Eastern Highlands to be known and market our services and products. No doubt the Eastern Highlands is a critical tourism hub and our presence there will go a long way in marketing and promoting ourselves,” he said.
The Eastern Highlands is home to scenic sites such as Chimanimani Mountains, Nyanga Mountain and National Park, Bvumba Botanical Gardens and Bvumba Mountains, as well as Mtarazi Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in Honde Valley and Chimanimani respectively.
Vumba’s wonder hotel White Horse Inn co-director Frank Marembo, said the expo has been over the years beneficial to local tourism players.
“We are excited that the expo is upon us. Eastern Highlands needs extensive marketing and platforms like these give us a grand opportunity to make the world know how majestic this area is. Not just geographically but the products and services we offer are next to none,” he said.
Last year saw a significant number of local tourism players attending the highly-successful expo which took place in Bulawayo under the theme: “Sustainable Tourism, a tool for development.”
These include, Golden Peacock Villa Hotel, Nyanga Rural District Council, Mutare Poly, Buhera Rural District Council, Eastern Highlands Experience and Mutare Poly among others. Mutare Poly raised Manicaland flag high after they scooped the prestigious Best Training Institution Award ahead of Harare Poly.
Events such as the awards ceremony meant to honour exhibitors who have participated at Sanganai over the past 10 years as well as buyers cocktails and familiarisation tours are scheduled to take place during the three-day event.