TOUTED as one of Africa’s premier tourism showcases, the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is in Bulawayo to stay as organisers have no reason to move it to another city, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has said.
Sanganai/ Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is an annual event that brings together international buyers as well as exhibitors “under one roof”.
The 12th edition of the expo is scheduled to run from 12 to 14 September in Bulawayo.
Addressing the media after a stakeholders briefing at a Bulawayo hotel on Tuesday, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) acting chief executive Rita Likukuma allayed fears that the expo could be moved to another city.
“With all the hard work that is being put by local stakeholders such as the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, local industry and the city of Bulawayo in hosting a successful and world-class tourism expo each year, there is no reason to move Sanganai/Hlanganani anywhere else.
“The position of ZTA and the Government is that the expo stays in Bulawayo,” said Likukuma.
Likukuma also sits on the ZTA board and was seconded to steer the ship in the absence substantive chief executive Karikoga Kaseke, who is off work on medical grounds.
Last year’s edition began with commemorations of the life of the late icon, founding nationalist and Vice-President of Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo.
A march in honour of the late national hero was conducted starting from the Blue Lagoon in Thorngrove, via Stanley Square in Makokoba to the JM Nkomo statue in the city centre ending at the City Hall.
According to the ZTA, Sanganai/ Hlanganani was a successor to Shanyai/Vakatshani, the Zimbabwe International Travel Expo (ZITE) that was held annually at the Harare International Conference Centre.
ZITE started as a small expo in 1982 and grew over the years to become one of Africa’s leading tourism showcases by 2007.