In a move designed to boost the 2-way flow of tourists between The ussr and Zimbabwe, the 2 countries authorized a bilateral Memorandum of Knowing (MOU) in the Russian capital associated with Moscow this afternoon, bringing to an effective conclusion, long-standing negotiations to hyperlink the two countries’ tourism economies.
Zimbabwe’ s Minister associated with Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Doctor Walter Mzembi – fresh through his attendance at the 60th wedding anniversary celebrations of Ghana’ s self-reliance in Accra on March six and his high-profile participation at the 2017 edition of the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin – found its way to Moscow in the early hours associated with Monday, March 13, and instantly plunged into a hectic round associated with meetings and engagements with essential figures in Russia’ s condition tourism apparatus.
The highlight associated with his 2-day visit was the putting your signature on of an MOU which provides a detailed construction for the strengthening of tourism connections between the two countries, to be spearheaded on the Zimbabwe side by Doctor Mzembi’ s Ministry and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), and on the particular Russian side by the Federal Company for Tourism which falls underneath the administrative umbrella of the Ministry associated with Culture of the Russian Federation.
Prior to the signing of the MOU, Dr . Mzembi and the Deputy Movie director of the Federal Agency for Travel and leisure, Dr . Alexey Alexeevich Konyushkov – representing the head of the agency, together with Dr . Oleg Petrovich Safonov, who was simply called to the Office of the Primary Minister – held broad-ranging conversations on the status of bilateral travel and leisure ties between Zimbabwe and The ussr and explored various options beneath the MOU to intensify those connections and increase the flow of vacationers between the 2 countries.
The Head from the Federal Agency’ s International Section, Dr . Valery Korovkin, who was furthermore present at the meeting, noted which the flow of outbound Russian vacationers, including to African destinations, experienced decreased over the past few years as a consequence of the particular rapid depreciation of the value of the particular ruble against the US dollar along with other major currencies. He noted, nevertheless , that the currency had stabilized plus was even regaining strength. The particular signing of the MOU between Zimbabwe and Russia, therefore , comes in a very propitious moment, and on the foundation of the proactive approach towards the implementation, as advocated by Doctor Mzembi and Dr . Konyushkov, will surely lead to a significant increase in tourism moves between the 2 countries.
“ Work is still required with regards to logistics: making it easier for Ruskies and Zimbabwean travelers to access their own preferred tourism destinations in both nations – not only in terms of improving plus expanding air linkages between the Africa continent and the Russian Federation, but additionally, of course , the issue of facilitating the issuance of entry visas, ” left a comment Dr . Mzembi.
“ But , allow us to take pride in what we have signed these days: it marks an important step forward on this journey to bring ourselves closer to each other. Other steps will follow upon this. ”
Dr . Mzembi also took advantage of his ending up in the Russian authorities to make a short presentation on his bid for political election to the post of Secretary Common of the United Nations World Tourism Business (UNWTO).
Although it is not really a member of the UNWTO’ s Professional Council, and will not, therefore , take part in the forthcoming election of the following Secretary General, the Russian Federation is a member of the organization and, as an essential tourism-economy within Europe, naturally requires a keen interest in the activities of the UNWTO and, crucially, its leadership.
“ I was both impressed and very amazed to discover that the Russian tourism professionals are very well-informed about the forthcoming political election and that they have an excellent appreciation from the various candidates and, in that consider, what each one represents in terms of possibly reforming and renewing the organization – breathing new life into it – or of simply letting it carry on and wallow in the still waters they have now come to inhabit, ” mentioned Dr . Mzembi.
“ I believe I represent and convey the change, reform, and advancement which are required to renew the UNWTO and to make it more relevant for many its member states, and this was your vision I shared with the Ruskies tourism authorities. ”
Earlier in the day, Dr . Mzembi visited the Financial University underneath the Government of the Russian Federation – an affiliate member of the UNWTO – where he was received by the Rector, Professor Mikhail Eskindarov, and other older academic staff of the university.
Of primary interest in order to Dr . Mzembi was the opportunity to find out more about the university’ s recently-inaugurated Bachelors Degree program in International plus Domestic Tourism, and the possibility of Zimbabwean nationals interested in the tourism industry being accommodated, as international college students, within that program.
Dr . Mzembi held discussions regarding this with the Director of the University’ t Centre for International Cooperation, Doctor Lilia Prikhodko, and with the Deputy 1st Vice Rector (Educational and Systematic Work), Professor Tatiana Rozanova.
Speaking after the meeting, the visibly up-beat Dr . Mzembi recognized the university authorities for their visibility and willingness to explore possible parts of cooperation with Zimbabwe in the field of travel and leisure, and expressed the hope that the mechanism could be developed which would allow Zimbabweans interested in the sector to become accommodated within the university’ s tourism-related programs so that they could benefit from Russia’ s vast experience and experience.
It had been agreed that a formal proposal searching for such a cooperative program would be produced by the Ministry of Tourism plus Hospitality Industry for consideration from the university authorities.
Doctor Mzembi was also afforded an opportunity to employ directly with students in the 2nd year of their four-year International plus domestic tourism degree course.
Addressing approximately 50 learners in one of the faculty’ s seminar areas, Dr . Mzembi briefed them around the current status of global travel and leisure and gave them a concise overview of his vision for the future progress the sector under the umbrella from the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Pursuing his thrust plus vision on the consummation of a Worldwide Tourism Fund, similar to the Health Account, Dr . Mzembi challenged academia as well as the university, going forward to 2030, in order to steer the UNWTO towards a lot more creative models of resource-mobilization for travel and leisure development – in line with the objectives from the SDGs.
Noting that will tourism, with US$1. 5 trillion in receipts and ranked 3rd in terms of global export earnings, had been too important and too wealthy a sector to depend on the particular benevolence and charity of a couple of, Dr . Mzembi stressed that it is specifically within its lead indicator – arrivals – that the solutions to innovative funding are embedded.
“ The UNWTO now demands new-generation thinking and a paradigm change at the top of the global agency to effectively unleash the full potential of the industry, ” he said. “ It really is simply not acceptable that tourism ought to be presided over by an organization which usually depends virtually entirely on a regular membership subscriptions to fund its programs. ”
“ The time for brand spanking new more creative thinking has dawned. Going forward, and with the right leadership in position, I envisage UNWTO commanding the rightful place within the global program, consolidating and building upon the particular achievements of the outgoing Secretary Common, Dr . Taleb Rifai.
“ We will not be anybody’ t sympathy-case, nor can we enable small thinking to constrain or even limit our vision going forward. ”
As he took keep of the student assembly, in unison these people wished Dr . Mzembi well in the bid to become the next Secretary Common of the UNWTO and repeatedly chanted “ Zimbabwe, Russia, victory. ”
Dr . Mzembi proves his 2-day visit to Russia simply by attending the Moscow International Vacation and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) – one of world’ s top 5 worldwide tourism fairs – which will operate from March 14-16.