Zimbabwe: Zim Set to Host Africa Youth in Tourism Conference

Tourism has of late become one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity. However, poverty alleviation has remained one of the greatest global challenges. Despite turbulent times for the world's economies, these basic facts are unlikely to change.

Focusing the wealth creating power of tourism on people who are in need remains an immense task and opportunity.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing and innovative industries contributing about 10 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the world.

Tourism has become part of sustainable development goals of many nations across the globe.

The African Union; through the Africa Youth Charter made a ratification for all member states to support the participation of youths in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In Zimbabwe, our National Youth Policy clearly defines the role of the youth in economic development.

It is against this background that the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism is set to host the inaugural edition of the Africa Youth in Tourism at the Zimbabwe international Trade fair in Bulawayo from the 6th to the 9th of September, 2017.

At least 3000 delegates from across Africa and abroad are expected to attend.

Addressing delegates at a stakeholders meeting this week, Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism Patron, Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa said while this is an international conference, this event will enable Zimbabwean youths to advance brand Zimbabwe.

"This conference presents the Youth in Tourism with a platform to market Brand Zimbabwe as well as engage in dialogues that will enhance their business entrepreneurial skills.

"The conference provides continental exposure to the youth for the expression and fulfilment of their talents, aspirations and career opportunities within the tourism industry," she said.

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Source: allAfrica