By Yolanda Moyo
HOTELIERS in Bulawayo are excited about the return of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, with most hotels and upmarket lodges in the city now fully booked ahead of this year’s edition.
The return of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) which was suspended last year after the outbreak of Covid-19, has opened up business prospects for the City of Bulawayo, with most hotels and licenced lodges now fully booked, a week before the exhibition roars into life.
In an interview with ZBC News this Monday, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Regional Manager, Mrs Novuyo Mathonsi said the sector is ready to host thousands of delegates who are expected to descend on Bulawayo for the country’s prime trade showcase.
“Most lodges and hotels have managed to spruce up their places in line with recommended covid-19 regulations and are ready to host delegates in a safe condition. Hotels and licensed lodges are fully booked for the exhibition. Prospects are bright for the tourism and hospitality sector and we will make use of this time to market Bulawayo as a conferencing centre by offering good hospitality to the delegates,” she said.
The ZITF is also an opportunity to showcase the Bulawayo cultural corridor.
“We will take advantage of the exhibition to showcase the heritage corridor band we have partnered a number of service providers in the city and around to make this a success. This is good chance a chance to market Bulawayo’s cultural, artistic and heritage to our delegates,” she added.
This year’s edition, which will be held under the theme, “Showcasing the New Normal for Business and Industry: Realities and Opportunities”, will run from the 21st to the 24th of this month.
By Yolanda Moyo