Story by ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has signed an agreement with aviation giant Emirates to further boost inbound tourist arrivals and develop traffic into Zimbabwe utilising the strength of the airline’s global network.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Mr Badr Abbas and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive, Ms. Winnie Munchanyuka.
Also present at the signing were H.E. Lovemore Mazemo, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the United Arab Emirates, and President of the Hotel Association of Zimbabwe and General Manager, Victoria Falls Hotel, Mr Farai Chimba.
Under the agreement, Emirates, along with the ZTA, will set in motion a range of joint marketing efforts that include tourism promotions, organising familiarisation trips for trade and media, among other activities.
Both parties will also explore opportunities for joint advertising campaigns in key markets.
Badr Abbas said, “The MoU signed today reflects Emirates’ confidence in the potential and attractiveness of Zimbabwe as an emerging destination that awaits exploration. Home to one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World, breath-taking landscapes and glorious historical sites, Emirates says it looks forward to supporting the ZTA in attracting more tourists to the country and showcase its uniqueness and vast array of distinctive experiences. We aim to play a considerable role in raising the profile of Zimbabwe through our strong global network.”
“Collaboration is the key to success in tourism, and only by close collaboration can that path be assured of success,” noted Ms Muchanyuka.
“Zimbabwe is confident that once we implement the agreement, it will create a platform for a progressive increase of arrivals into the country. ZTA and Emirates will broaden engagement and awareness with smart initiatives. We are excited to see Emirates’ commitment to strengthening their realtions with destination Zimbabwe and are confident that this will bring forth tangible results,” she added.
Endowed with both natural and man-made attractions such as the Mighty Victoria Falls, Matopo Hills, Lake Kariba, wildlife at Hwange, Great Zimbabwe Monuments, and Gonarezhou National Parks, Zimbabwe is a sought after destination offering leisure activities for tourists.
Emirates started operations to Zimbabwe in September 2012 with five weekly flights.
It has steadily grown the route in line with increasing customer demand and operates a daily service to Harare with seven flights a week.
Since the start of its operations, Emirates has driven inbound traffic to Zimbabwe from the Middle East, points in Europe, Australia, and the USA.
The airline’s codeshare partnerships with Airlink and South African Airways further provide more choice and connectivity to passengers and drive inbound visitors to domestic points in Zimbabwe like Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.