By Own Correspondent
The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry presided over the unveiling of the Twalumba Trophy in the capital on Thursday.
The Twalumba National Travel and Tourism Awards (NTTA) are organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to celebrate excellence in and for Zimbabwe’s travel and tourism sector.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Munesushe Munodawafa stood on behalf of the Minister, Mangaliso Ndlovu.
The awards are in categories, with guiding criteria, to recognize and reward effort and achievement in pursuit of travel, tourism growth, development and the well-being of the sector.
“Twalumba Travel and Tourism Awards are the brain child of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority(ZTA) and Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe(TBCZ) meant to celebrate those who excelled well in the tourism sector. The objectives are to recognize operational excellence, tourism growth and the individual contribution to the well-being of tourism in Zimbabwe. Let’s work together towards unique and extra ordinary experience that others cannot replicate.” said Munodawafa.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Acting CEO, Givemore Chidzidzi said the awards were delayed by the novel corona virus which affacted the whole global economy and tourism being on top of the list.
“We used to have the awards some years back and we thought it was wise to re-introduce them.
As ZTA we are working together with Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe(TBCZ). We are glad to see the recognition of those who have done exceptionally well in the tourism sector,” added Chidzidzi.
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe(TBCZ) CEO, Paul Matamisa, highlighted that the awards will be held on the 3rd of December 2022 and will present opportunities to showcase at national level.
ZTA and TBCZ are yet to finalize on the selection of judges among other issues to make the awards worth following and participate.
The national awards comes in 31 categories reflecting various sectors and activities in the tourism sector.