RESOTA is a subsidiary of SADC and is responsible for the development and growth of tourism in the region, the membership of RETOSA brings together 14 countries of the Southern African region.
Mfune addressing a press conference in Bulawayo at the end of a four day RESOTA workshop and executive board meeting Thursday, the regional tourism boss Mfune said Zimbabwe’s performance had improved significantly in tourism industry and its now number two in SADC .
“You will be surprised that Zimbabwe is one of the best performers at the moment in RESOTA despite the bad image the country has been painted in the past years. It is now number two in terms of tourists’ arrivals in the region with South Africa the only country ahead of it. And we are proud with your performance,” said Mfune also a South African national.
Speaking at the same occasion the RESOTA chairperson Ferenada Matsinye said: “The tourism body will give all its support to Zimbabwe and Zambia during their co-host of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO in 2013.”
Zimbabwe and Zambia recently won the bid to jointly host the UNWTO 20th Session of the General Assembly at the Victoria Falls in 2013.
Zimbabwe tourism industry had collapsed in the past recent years due political instability and mismanagement of the country’s economy by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF regime.
The country Tourism Ministry says this year is one of the best years ever in terms of tourists’ arrivals in Zimbabwe with 2, 5 million tourists having so far visited the country since the beginning of the year beating the highest record of 2, 3 million clocked in 1997.