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ISSUE 12 , YEAR 2014, SPECIAL EDITION: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

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2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONY HELD IN HARARE– ZIMBABWE On May 3, 2014 in a public séance of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, gathering representatives of tourism organizations from European continent have debated the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2014. On the debate for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented the report titled: ZIMBABWE: THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINATION. A SEVEN WONDER IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL proposing ZIMBABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014. It was also presented the Official Invitation, on behalf of Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE for a delegation of European high-ranking official of European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Harare, in person, to His Excellency President of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE –ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE the most outstanding personality of today Africa. Awarding the highest world tourism prize of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accepting the invitation for a working visit of high-ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, are all momentous and felicitous occasions that are offering the symbol of admiration that all tourism experts are having for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, concluded at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Caragea

ALGERIA CONGRATULATES ZIMBABWE -WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014

H.E. Daous Tjeloulis, Algerian Peoples Democratic Republic Ambassador has presented his congratulation to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President for the election of ZIMBABWE as the first African country named WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014. This election is a sign of the great influence of European Council on Tourism and Trade on international scale, influence in the service of Africa and here development via tourism.


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WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 IS ZIMBABWE Luxurious WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD Festivity held in Harare .

The European Council on Tourism and Trade

20 years of revolutionary activity at the risk of

high level delegation has toured Zimbabwe-

the life and personal peace, spent in the opposi-

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

tion to the absurd regime of apartheid and seg-

and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in order

regation of Old time Rhodesia.

to express the European support for the development of tourism industry in Zimbabwe and clearly mark the fact that Zimbabwe has developed into the epitome of high class tourism in Africa.

As we do not forget the word of reconciliation spoken after this years of struggle, ten years before Nelson Mandela similar example: “If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend,” “If yesterday you hated

The visit made between 28 May-6 June 2014 by

me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds

an European delegation headed by H.E. Profes-

me to you.”

sor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade was destined to restart the bilateral relation between Europe and the Republic of Zimbabwe and the southern region of Africa, a region in full economic development and with a long tradition of partnership with our country.

We will never forget that 35 years ago from Harare you have called all nations of Africa to wake up from the long colonial sleep to a new and rich life of fulfillment`s. Your name is and will be forever inscribed for me and for all the honest people of the world During the visit Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was welcomed by H.E. President of Republic of Zimbabwe-Robert Gabriel Mugabe who stated that: is exuding with love and gratitude for the visit of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea. President Robert Mugabe express his gratitude for Professor Dr. Anton Caragea continuous support in promoting Zimbabwe integration in international tourism arena and stated than: when others where plotting to punish us you think at rewarding us and make us friends.

along the names of the fathers of free Africa:Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta etc. as a giant of liberation and freedom fight in Africa and the world. Other meeting where held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea with Hon. J.T.R Majuru- VicePresident of Republic of Zimbabwe, S.K.MoyoSenior Minister (Prime Minister) of Zimbabwe, Hon. N. Goche-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry- Walter Mzembi etc.

From the profundity of our heart: Tank you

During the discussion, foreign policy coopera-

Professor !

tion, opening of honorary consulates and eco-

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea at his turn praised president Mugabe stating that: the world did not forget the ten years spent in the dungeons of the colonial rule, the world did not forget the

nomic cooperation councils as well as economic and investment opportunities where tabled offering opportunity for European countries to take part in the business boom and bonanza of southern region of Africa and specially the


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WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 IS THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE Republic of Zimbabwe buoyant economic

Our familiarization trip has in his core to

environment.

express our support for the incredible development of tourism in Zimbabwe under the

The European delegation enjoyed a sophisticated cultural program with visit`s to the History Museum of Harare, National Heroes Acre and to the wonderful UNESCO heritage site of Great Zimbabwe-the largest African palatial complex dating from XII century and covering 700 hectares and a chance to dis-

care and benevolent support of H.E President Robert Mugabe, the celebrated African hero and with the efficient and lofty supervision of Minister Walter Mzembi and Tourism Authority of Zimbabwe Chairman- Karikoga Kaseke declared H.E. President Anton Caragea.

cover the world greatest cascade: Victoria waterfall.

Our fact finding tourism mission must also mark the start of rebuilding European-

In sign of honor, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea occupied the Winston Churchill apartment in the famous Victorian hotel of Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe relations, the end of the futile and unnecessary sanctions and to mark the fact that tourism in Zimbabwe is the perfect, safe, luxury and ideal vacation spot for all world tourists. I hope that after our visit and after receiving the world highest tourism honor, the tourism in Zimbabwe has become world recognized, perfect placed in the world spotlight and all the tourism agency have already started or will soon start to include in their travel program the perfect scenic destination of Zimbabwe. We succeeded in ending the separation be-

The high level visit, the first after a 25 year hiatus in bilateral relation offered to the parties the opportunity to table concrete cultural, tourism and cooperation projects and to highlight the bilateral support for the

tween tourism community and, in a few years, Zimbabwe, if continues the policy of President Robert Mugabe and Academician Walter Mzembi will surpass all the tourism competitors in the region.

development of the social and political coop-

The days of betterment and perfect develop-

eration.

ment of tourism in Zimbabwe are right

The Republic of Zimbabwe becomes now the main political and strategic partner in the region of southern Africa, offering innumerable opportunities for developing friendly

ahead concluded European Council on Tourism and Trade`s President his report over his visit to Zimbabwe-the gem of Africa- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014.

ties. On 11th of August 2014 President Dr. Anton

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND

Caragea had offered an interview regarding

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his recent trip to Zimbabwe and stated that:


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3 MAY 2014 – EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS ZIMBABWE AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 On May 3, 2014 in a public séance of

world tourism meeting, ZIMBABWE has un-

the European Council on Tourism and

equivocal demonstrated that is a safe, open

Trade, gathering representatives of

and perfect managed tourism power house.

tourism organizations from European continent have debated the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2014.

- The promotion and support offered to a new concept of community natural protection supporting tourism friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation

On the debate for WORLD BEST

of natural biodiversity and protection of

TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR

endangered species and areas, especially

2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea,

rainforest south-African eco-climate.

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented the report titled: ZIMBABWE: THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINATION. A SEVEN WONDER IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL proposing ZIMBABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014.

Community based ecotourism protection carved by Minister Walter Mzembi is a perfect way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting their foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make eco-tourism as the base for an economic local development. Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering eco-friendly tourism it is a lesson that REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering

Delegates from 27 countries debated

to the world.

the future of tourism for a two day summit.

- Offering to tourists and outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to ex-

Among the reasons for awarding

plore nature, to contribute to ecological

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

preservation and the opportunity to visit

FOR 2014 to ZIMBABWE the report

extraordinary space such as: the unique

outlined:

landscape of Victoria Waterfall, the National Parks as: Mana, Eastern Highlands from

- The peerless organization of World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 24-30 August 2013, the world gathering of tourism experts compris-

Manicaland, Mana Basins from West Mashonaland, Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland, Chilojo Cliffs, and Matobo Hills from Bulawayo etc.

ing more than 120 countries. All this regions and natural parks are model The successful organizing of this world event, despite tremendous

of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized.

logistic and economic challenges, proves without a doubt the capacity

- The continuous development and protec-

of Zimbabwe authority and tourism

tion of cultural and historical patrimony of

industry to organize world level

Republic of Zimbabwe, the transformation of

events and to host all level of tour-

Harare in a historical and spiritual center

ism. After the perfect support and

offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich

creative vision in carving a successful

culture and heritage of people’s of Zimbabwe

3 MAY 2014 PHOTO CHRONICLE OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ASSEMBLY


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3 MAY 2014 – EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ELECTS ZIMBABWE AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 – The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance and value such as:

form REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE in a spiritual first class destination.

Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa national monuments dating from Stone Age period with an incomparable contribution to world legacy.

After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from Romanian Parlia-

Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of Trade

ment and Director of European Parlia-

Mission of ECTT also highlighted the impor-

mentary Committee in European Coun-

tance that today, when Africa is celebrated

cil on Tourism and Trade had express

50 years of African Unity, Europe must ex-

the feeling’s of all present at the gath-

press his commitment and appreciation for

ering declaring that: REPUBLIC OF ZIM-

Africa by crowning ZIMBABWE as FAVORITE

BABWE is the perfect candidate, with a

CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST

perfect record of promoting eco-

TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014.

friendly tourism, ecological and social oriented tourism and that only a una-

- The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot

nimity vote in favor of REPUBLIC OF

spot for adventure tourism offering a large

ZIMBABWE could express the unwav-

In the end of the debate European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2014. Awarding the highest world tourism prize of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accepting the invitation for a working visit of highranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade in REPUBLIC OF ZIM-

area of regions suitable for this special kind

ering European tourism and economic

BABWE, are all momentous and felicitous

of tourism and the necessary infrastructure

community support in favor of such a

occasions that are offering the symbol of

to welcome adventure sicker, the safety

world model.

admiration that all tourism experts are hav-

structures and natural potential to rank amongst the top world adventure spots.

Mr. Victor Deleanu, ECTT rapporteur, presented also a report on ZIMBABWE:

ing for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, concluded at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Car-

- Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating

HOT SPOT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM

tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of

reiterating the highest praises for the

the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE people, offer-

country safety record and infrastruc-

ing possibility for an enriching cultural ex-

ture and hospitality industry achieve-

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND

perience, are all achievements that trans-

ments that are making Zimbabwe the

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perfect destination in Africa.

agea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.


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In addition our country is adjudged by relevant experts to poses the best climate in the word making it: an attracting tourism destination all

EYE ON IT

year around All thou like anyone else we can experience dramatic climate conditions, the impact on us is not that devastating , Zimbabwe can conform his reputation as an ideal tourism destination,

ZIMBABWE HAS THE LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2014

but destinations might be mere geographical entities, it have to be destinations with people, and it is the people that are making destination to worth the talk, and is therefore the people of Zimbabwe we should be praised for the desti-

Kazakhstan congratulates ZIMBABWE for being named WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 His Excellency Kazakhstan Ambassador Yerzan Kazykanov stated

On the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTI-

nation to be as warm as is proofed to be, Zim-

NATION award ceremony held in Harare H.E.

babwe together with many other countries in

after Laos was awarded the title of

President of the Republic of Zimbabwe-Robert

southern Africa has succeeded to preserved

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA-

Gabriel Mugabe, the african liberation hero, has

much of his natural biodiversity in both flora

TION FOR 2014 that :

presented the official acceptance allocution on

and fauna, indeed we are home to some of the

behalf of people and government of Zimbabwe.

of the most sought after and rare animals in the

I express my sincere congratulation

world, including the big five: the elephant-

for the people and government of

huge, the lion- feroces, the rhino-quiet, but

ZIMBABWE and Africa for this out-

harmful, the leopard-there is stealthy but also

standing success and powerful pro-

blood thirsty and buffalo.

motion tool for tourism, but also

Here is the full text of the inspiring speech presented by the most famous african leader of today: I want I thank for this event to: The Honorable Vice-President Joice Mujuru

Of all this, the one we say is the most friendly maybe the buffalo, it is the only one of them

The Speaker of the House of Assembly and ad-

but it is just one but the others do not provide

vocate Jacob Mudenda,

the thing that we want to eat. I don’t know if the lion is eatable, less still do I know if the

for this increase in the international prestige of your country. I hope that we can cooperate in the framework of European Council on

The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Indus-

rhino or leopard are eatable anywhere but the

Tourism and Trade to promote

try comrade Walter Mzembi and all ministers

elephant is, I did not tasted before I was in the

tourism, cultural and trade ties

here present,

prison where they serve us with elephant meet,

between our countries.

it but I can tell you that I never like it I never Foremost to The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and all members of his delegation, Minister of Culture Andrew Langa , traditional leaders, all minister here presence, Members of the diplomatic core, Ladies and gentlemen`s, dear comrades, I'm pleased though not surprised at all that the European Council on Tourism and Trade had seen fit to give the awards for the BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2014 and the distinction for FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINTION for 2014 to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's is indeed endowed with bountiful natural resources and rich cultural history

tasted it after prison. I was afraid and who could not be afraid to eat the elephant ?


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ZIMBABWE HAS THE GLOBAL LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2014 dance and you heard today that diversity coming out from Reverend Damasani poetic rendering.

Who would obviously not be frighten to eat the elephant? I am indeed proud that the iconic physical tourist attraction that we have in the country that include: Victoria Falls, the Eastern Highlands, the Mana Pools and off course the Exfoliated Hills in Manicaland, all must have influence the European Council on Tourism and Trade to select out of 27 nominated country to select Zimbabwe as the winner of the BEST DESTINATION AWARD. It is our capacity to give tourists from all the corners of the world

A gifted man indeed! O gifted musician, but a gifted moralist, man of prayer, man of God, We need to be thoroughly familiar with them and be proud with them. Some time I think that Zimbabweans are not knowing their country endowment, beside mineral gold, and precious stones, perhaps Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality should launch a know your Zimbabwe! , know yourself campaign! To facilitate, to know our country.

access to all our country natural features, the opportunity for tour-

I must pay a tribute to this young person they call Minister Mzembi,

ists to explore nature in his ecological environment, must have

now the only surviving minister of tourism in Africa, or in the world,

strongly contributed to ECTT decision to grant us the awards that

so he says.

we just received today. I rate him as one of my best ministers. Ladies and Gentleman’s Foresight, full of brilliant ideas that are not remaining just in the While our country rich historical and cultural legacy has caught the

mind, they take the form of action and practice.

et ye of ECTT, the venerable Great Zimbabwe, a fortified palatial complex that must have being build in 12 century, must played his

Yes, he has gallivanted the world: East, West, North South, but

part , the Great Zimbabwe from whom our great country is deriving

every step he took, was to make better know Zimbabwe, two make

his name is offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-

the people better know, to make the reaches of Zimbabwe better

colonial civilization of Africa and indeed a rare window into centu-

known. We still have so many not unknown, some of them where

ries of traditions.

known and dig out, but thanks God we still have them and we start to discovering them for ourselves.

Indeed countrymen, the winning of this award should must be a wakeup call to many, to realize the many historical treasures that

Let the world to know us and to know us fully: that we are a peace-

we own.

ful people but a proud people as well, and when it comes about natural resources s committed to be their owners, jealous of them.

How many of us are aware of the many historical treasure that we own ?

Fighters against imperialism and colonialism because it wants to displace us, as in deed they have displaced us for nearly a century,

How many are aware that our national monuments in Manicaland

and we are owners and in possession of our wealth.

are dating back from stone age period ? Many of this natural sites, that are now on the list of UNESCO human heritage site, can and should be leveraged, to attract international visitors to Zimbabwe

A wealth that we discovered ! Even our past was sometime ugly, difficult for our ancestors, but let

I believe is equally important for our people both children and

it be know our immediate past even as well as our contemporary

adults to know and visit this site, yes we can share them with world

history. Is in this context that we emphasize the importance of our

and can be said that that we hold them entrust for humanity , but

history of liberating Zimbabwe from colonial bondage and it is in

they remain first and foremost our own, they defined our zimbab-

this context that we want to emphasize the importance of writing

weness cultural diversity.

the history because was not just the liberation of the people but the liberation of a people and their resources and their the tourist

Cultural diversity in way of life and way of life showing itself in our

attraction as well. Must people commemorate the major historical

interaction, marriages but much, much more pleasantly in song and

wars going back to centuries, our war of liberation was, only yester-


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We should thank you for your magnanimity, I say magnanimity

ZIMBABWE HAS THE GLOBAL LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2014 day, comparatively specking, we should not risk erase it from our memories. But we should preserved our pride history

because at this juncture, during this time, at this time. When others are thinking at punishing us more, you are thinking of making us more a friend than enemy. We are thanking you; we are exuding with friendship and love for others who equally may exude with love and friendship to us. It is that interaction of love, love of nations, and love of people that we in Zimbabwe we want to work for. Let me conclude by saying that I ‘am greatly enthusiastic and appreciative and full of pride for all the decision taken by Euro-

We won a great war the often pitted poorly armed, often shoe-

pean Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) to give this awards

less peasants against experienced, well armed, ruffles merce-

to Zimbabwe.

naries, but we won it, against all odds. If the countries that have win these awards in the past are anyIt was a people war, not just a ZANU ZAPU ZAMPLA ZIBRA war.

thing to go by, the European Council on Tourism and Trade has

No!

a very powerful and transparent desire to draw all the world's attention to the tourism potential in developing countries

Those where fronts, fronts of the people of Zimbabwe in their diversity and thus where fronts of determined people, deter-

Thank you for that!

mined to fight for our people, their This award is having the ef-

people, our people.

fect of putting the winner We should never forget our people

under the global limelight

together, whatever their cultural be-

and I want to say that we

lieves religious, cultural, political, they

have this limelight, thanks to

are our people and hence the need

the European Council on

for the unity of our people, unity in

Tourism and Trade (ECTT)

diversity,

and thanks to you the Zimbabweans for demonstrating

We need to enshrined all location of majors battles indeed and grow them into iconic attractions,

that you love others in the world.

that our visitors and our posterity will visit and value them for all time.

We are now in the global limelight!

They become visiting places, tourist attraction.

I want to promise to the European Council on Tourism and Trade that we shall continue to increase our efforts to leverage

They will naturally evoke memories, but they should never, even if they made us angry sometimes, they should never make us to want to fight again, but should make us to be al-

the potential that you have identified in us and always make Zimbabwe a preferred tourist destination in the world, a people loving people’s destination.

ways ready against the enemy, against thus who want to pull the same trick already that they put against us in 1890 lasting

And I want to assure you that this is what are we working for:

up to 1980 we say No. Never again!

peace and harmony in Zimbabwe, peace and harmony in the region, and peace and harmony in the world

Ladies and gentlemen, comrades and friends, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

I want to say once again thank you to European Council on Tourism and Trade for these awards, we shell treasure them

Let me conclude by saying: Thank you to you to European Council on Tourism and TradeECTT for these awards

for all time. PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE-ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE


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ZIMBABWE THE HOME COUNTRY OF TEN WORLD WONDERS by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and understanding, a road that leads towards a better future for all. On 3 June 2014 in Harare-the capital of Republic of Zimbabwe the ceremony for awarding the world highest tourism prize has

We see the recipient of the WORLD BEST TOURISM AWARD,

taken place in the presence of H.E. President Robert Gabriel

ZIMBABWE, not only standing for the idea of a resurrection of

Mugabe of Zimbabwe and H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-

Africa and African people, but also symbolizing Africa’s deter-

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

mination to undertake the long journey to global significance.

After the handing over ceremony of the most important honor

We have also noted with great satisfaction that Zimbabwe has

that tourism industry can bestow for a country, now new op-

persistently viewed tourism as one of the pillars of its econ-

portunities arise for Zimbabwe tourism.

omy, going forward. Your successive economic blueprints, right up to the current one, the ZIMASSET, recognize the critical

This wonderful world of opportunity for the people of Zim-

value-adding role that the tourism sector can play in your

babwe was opened by the 3 June mass ceremony held in Ha-

economy.

rare-Zimbabwe on the occasion of the official presentation of the highest tourism award of the world to the African country ( a premiere in the history of the award)

Your Excellency, we are aware that in 2013 you signed the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Golden Book of Tourism. We must congratulate and commend you highly for

We have the honor of presenting you the full text of the em-

signing that book. Yours was the 29th signature by various

powering speech by European Council on Tourism and Trade

world statesmen throughout the globe, who have pledged

president on this felicitous celebration:

their support for global tourism, with its critical role of promot-

Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe; The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Joice Mujuru; Members of the Politburo;

ing both the economic, as well as the social wellbeing of the world. Needless to say, tourism can do a great deal of social and economic good for Africa, including Zimbabwe. Mr. President, in our consideration for whom to give this award to, we learnt, amongst many other facts about your country, of your economic model ensuring that local communities participate and benefit from enterprises that exploit and benefit from the conservation of bio-diversity of both flora and

All Cabinet Minister and Members of the House of Assembly

fauna, was born here. We are here to urge you along this

and the Senate;

course, because that makes Zimbabwe a steward of the earth’s

President of the Chiefs Council and all Chiefs here present; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed.

flora and fauna, in its pristine condition, for the benefit and enjoyment of all humanity including Zimbabwe’s own posterity. Your government’s well placed recognition of tourism as an important sector is also evident in your decision to create a

As always, the ceremony for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA-

stand-alone Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, back

TION AWARD is the embodiment of an idea and the universal

in 2009.

proclamation of a country that succeeded in materializing this idea to the fullest. Last year we concentrated on the idea that

Even more fundamental for us, is your acknowledgement that

in the world of today, tourism is a causeway uniting knowledge

tourism is a peace sector, constantly building bridges amongst

and friendship, peoples and countries, a way to promote peace

the various peoples of the world.


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ZIMBABWE THE COUNTRY OF TEN WORLD WONDERS by Professor Dr. Anton CarageaPRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE Your recognition of this truth is evidenced, in part, by the sup-

ple. Visitors here are bound to feel welcome, safe and secure,

port you have given your Minister of Tourism to travel the

and that is probably the reason why the United Nations World

world, east and west, ensuring that this bridge between your

Tourism Organization decided to hold the 20th Session of its

country and the rest of the world remains intact and promote

General Assembly, which turned out to be its most successful,

real people-to-people warmth and friendship.

here in Zimbabwe at the magnificent Victoria Falls.

It is not only for these philosophical reasons that we found your country worthy of this award, the fact is your country if

Your Excellency Mr. President, It is my great honor and privilege to hand over this title as an well-endowed with historical and cultural features of great worth and value to all humanity. These range from the massive long-standing architectural structures of Great Zimbabwe monument, and others like it all over your country, to rock

international recognition for all the people of Zimbabwe, all united in the service of protecting and preserving the historical and cultural heritage of your country, leveraging tourism and culture, in the service of the people of Zimbabwe.

paintings and artefacts that symbolize early human civilization. Zimbabwe is indeed a destination of global note and the recognition of many of your country’s features as UNESCO Human Heritage sites says as much. We did explain in great detail in our 3rd of May Press Release that we put out for this purpose, why we found Zimbabwe a deserving recipient of these awards, but my address would be amiss if I failed to refer to the well-known hospitality and peace- loving nature of the Zimbabwean people. It is quite appropriate that you position your people as one of the Seven Wonders that characterize Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans, both at home and in the diaspora, are generally well-known for their hard-work and cheerfulness – they are a wonder indeed. Last but not least, Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is not only in Zimbabwe that we have found a naturally and culturally well-endowed destination, but it is here that we find an exceptional combination of peace and security, combined with a crime-free environment and an exceptionally hospitable peo-

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Professor Dr. Anton Caragea PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE declares ZIMBABWE-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR 2014 In a festive ceremony the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO-

difficulties, a life of dignity, liberty and tolerance in a free coun-

Karikoga Kaseke and the Minister of Culture and Sport of The

try.

Republic of Zimbabwe has received from His Excellency President of European Council on Tourism and Trade the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION title for Republic of Zimbabwe as part of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION award ceremony held in Zimbabwe between 29 May-6 June 2014.

Today, we come to share the good news that Africa, that recently celebrated 50 years of African unity, has reasserted herself and we come to honor a country of REBIRTH , OF RENAISSANCE, in a world that forgets that the main reason of tourism is imbuing the travelers into local culture, to immerse them in

You can read in full extent the speech delivered on this momen-

the discovery of the history, we come today to Harare honor a

tous ceremony from the Office of The President of European

TRUE CULTURE.

Council on Tourism and Trade: In a world that is loosing the true values, we come today the honor a real TOURISTIC PATRIMONY, in a time in which to many speak and do not act for protecting historical sites and environmental riches, we come to honor THE SEVEN WONDER OF TOURISM, we come to honor the Republic of Zimbabwe. We come in this place of Hope, in this place where almost 35 years ago the end of segregation, of exploitation and of colonialism was cried out into the open and confronted with a new name: Harare!

Distinguish guests, To all the people of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE,

Here, in the city that never sleeps we have all gather to

I must say what a privilege is for the all mankind to honor a

show our sup-

country that is becoming a FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.

port for the

It is also a great pleasure to address our salute to the majestic people of Zimbabwe, a people that with spirit and mettle have united the south of African continent in the peerless civilization of Great Zimbabwe, that had left to the mankind the legacy of

values of humanity, of cultural driven tourism.

an indelible civilization, with hundreds of monuments of his-

We are all here in the search for a country that offer to tourists

torical and world patrimony relevance, a strong and proud

a complete experience, a country that educates spirit, elevates

people that had offered to the world heritage countless bless-

soul and gives everybody a lesson in history and culture.

ings. We all have found in ZIMBABWE the perfect teacher in tourToday when we celebrate Zimbabwe as a cultural and touristic

ism, offering to all tourists of the world the possibility of a safe,

power house, we must not forget that the main credit belongs,

pleasurable and enlightening touristic experience.

without a doubt, to the all people of Zimbabwe irrespective of their race, color, political or religious orientation that from

Among the reasons leading to awarding FAVORITE CULTURAL

1979 onwards have been constructing, defying unfathomable

DESTINATION IN 2014 title to REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE our report has taken under consideration:


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Professor Dr. Anton Caragea PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE declares ZIMBABWE-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR 2014 - The promotion and support offered to a new concept of com-

national monuments dating from Stone Age period,make desti-

munity natural protection supporting tourism friendly to na-

nation Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the

ture, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural

world legacy.

biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest south-African eco-climate.

Based on these facts that can be completed with many others, The European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unani-

- Offering to tourists the outstanding and pristine nature and

mously, to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE – FAVORITE CUL-

the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological

TURAL DESTINATION in 2014.

preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Waterfall, the National Parks as: Mana, Eastern Highlands from Manicaland, Mana Basins from West Mashonaland, Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland, Chilojo Cliffs, and Matobo Hills from Bulawayo etc.

Your Excellency Mr. President, It is my great honor and privilege to hand over this title to the Minister of Culture and Sports of Republic of Zimbabwe, as an international recognition for all the people of Zimbabwe, all united in the service of protecting and preserving historical and

- The preservation of an

civilization patrimony of

outstanding historical and

your country, in fostering

cultural patrimony that

tourism and culture, in the

comprises wonderful sites

service of the people of

such as: cultural, historical

ZIMBABWE.

and rich legacy of Great

May this award be trans-

Kingdom of Zimbabwe,

formed in a support for

the preservation of the

developing the interna-

former capital of Shone

tional standing of REPUB-

Kingdom-Great Zimbabwe

LIC OF ZIMBABWE, for a

in Masvingo area with a

sustainable tourism and

world class fortification

development and in a

system and palatial com-

base for further success

plex from 12th century, these are offering a rare insight for tourists into one of the greatest civilization of pre-colonial Africa and a rare window

for A WORLD OF WONDERS -THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE.

into traditions of centuries.

Esteemed Minister of Culture,

- Today, REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is creating and offering for

It is my privilege to handover to you, as representative of cul-

tourists an open air museum, a rare collection of historical and

ture of THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, the award for FAVORITE

archeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR 2014.

– The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world significance and value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oaTunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as:Ziwa


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DR. WALTER MZEMBI HAS PUT ZIMBABWE ON THE TOURISTIC MAP states Professor DR. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU-DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY and expertise. This is also a confirmation that his doctorate in management is well deserved. The studies and diploma in Business and Governance studies of Dr. Walter Mzembi gave him credentials for being a knowledgeable member of the Zimbabwe government and of the different Parliamentary bodies and committees. Dr. Walter Mzembi is at the same time a great patriot. He loves his country, Zimbabwe, and the people of Zimbabwe. He put his enthusiasm, energy and knowledge in making a better life for the people and promoting the image of his country On the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 official function held in Zimbabwe`s capital Harare, the Director of European Tourism Academy- Academician Mircea Constantinescu has officially presented the insignia and certificate of membership to European Tourism Academy most recent elected member-The Minister of Tourism and Industry of Republic of Zimbabwe-Walter Mzembi.

all over the world. One may think that in a large and complex country like Zimbabwe, being a Minister of Tourism may be much easier than in other areas of activity. But what the international tourist visiting Zimbabwe nowadays might see is only the tip of the aisberg. Practically all the Zimbabwe economy is benefiting from and contributing to a successful tourism, making the tour-

Here is Academician Mircea Constantinescu declaration on this

ism the third largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Prod-

solemn occasion:

uct, after mining and agriculture sectors.

We are here to award to Dr. Walter Mzembi, the Minster of

Dr. Walter Mzembi’s expertise in all these areas was extremely

Zimbabwe, the Academician status and Medal of Honor, by the

useful.

European Tourism Academy.

Mother Nature was generous with Zimbabwe. The numerous

We may say from the beginning that the curriculum vitae as

natural reservations represent a valuable asset and create a

well as the entire activity of dr. Walter Mzembi are remarkable

legal framework for preserving the natural resources and won-

and represent a very successful combination between high

derful landscapes, as well as building a tourism structure. After

level knowledge and expertise, and efficient action imple-

our working trips and evaluations of many countries of the

mented in different areas of the public service.

world, we know that only the beauty of a scenery does not make a tourist attraction and does not bring revenues to the

Dr. Walter Mzembi is a very resourceful person and a man of

people.

many talents. You need modern infrastructure, need people to provide serHis initial activity in the area of mechanical engineering, mining

vices and stewardship, need financial and human resources,

activity, water resources engineering, development and man-

need communication and good will, and above all you need to

agement, land

be proud of your country.

resettlement and agro in-

Dr. Walter Mzembi knows all that, and since 2009 he and his

dustrial man-

team, with the support of the entire Zimbabwe government,

agement pro-

developed and implemented a successful strategy for the Zim-

vided him with

babwe tourism.

extensive knowledge

Dr. Walter Mzembi is a born communicator and diplomat.


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DR. WALTER MZEMBI HAS PUT ZIMBABWE ON THE TOURISTIC MAP states Professor DR. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU-DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY And this is not a pure laudation. The re c ognition of

his

merits in this area are c onfirmed by the appreciation of the Institute of Public Relations, by the African Travel Association, by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, by the Institute Of Cultural Diplomacy, and by many other national and international professional bodies. But there are not the titles and diplomas that finally count, but the results, and Dr. Walter Mzembi, as Minister of Tourism of Zimbabwe got remarkable results since 2009. He realized that a continuous development of domestic tourism will not be enough. The tourism of Zimbabwe, as the entire Zimbabwe nation must be reconnected to the world. It was not an easy task for a country that has been confronted with an unlawful isolation for more than a decade. The president Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe Government and Parliament, supported by all the Zimbabwe people, played and essential role in installing again Zimbabwe into the great concert of the nations. Dr. Walter Mzembi was part of this continuous effort of communication and diplomacy inside and outside the country, and his role as Minister of Tourism was important and with remarkable results. So there is almost no surprise that with remarkable personalities like Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe was nominated as the 2014 Best Tourist Destination by the European Council on Tourism and Trade, award handed over by President Dr. Anton Caragea during an official ceremony. As a recognition of his contribution to the development of Zimbabwe tourism, we are proud to hand over the title of Academician member of Honor and to bestow the Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Zimbabwe tourism, and to congratulate his as the newest academician of our European Tourism Academy.


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EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE CONGRATULATES HIS NEW ACADEMICIAN: DR. WALTER MZEMBI-THE VOICE OF AFRICA On the occasion of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2014 elections, the Academic Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade has decided to co-opt as his newest honorary academic member- Mr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe. The decision comes natural, as Minister Walter Mzembi succeeded in profusely supporting the successful candidature of Zimbabwe to the highest tourism honor- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION. After being voted as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014, Zimbabwe has become the first African country to hold

Dr. Walter Mzembi is a born communicator and diplomat. And

this honor, a sign of African resurgence and of closer ties with

this is not a pure laudation. The recognition of his merits in this

Europe.

area are confirmed by the appreciation of the Institute of Pub-

The decision to award the HONORARY ACADEMICIAN TITLE has come not only after the successful Zimbabwe bid for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD, but in recognition of the extensive academic activity realized by Minister Walter Mzembi in the last span of time. From the large list of academic qualification of Mr. Walter Mzembi the academic committee has appreciated his studies in: Mechanical Engineering, Diplomas in Business and Governance Studies (USA), Business Administration and Doctorate in management (Mexico) etc. The decision was taken in consensus on 3rd of May 2014 and was communicated to Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe-Mr. Walter Mzembi in Harare on 29 May 2014. The official handing out ceremony was part of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and was conducted by the Director of European Tourism Academy-Academician Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu. In his welcoming speech in the European Academy, Professor Mircea Constantinescu has praised the first African leader accepted in the European Academy-Minister Walter Mzembi: Dr. Walter Mzembi is at the same time a great patriot. He loves his country, Zimbabwe, and the people of Zimbabwe. He put his enthusiasm, energy and knowledge in making a better life for the people and promoting the image of his country all over the world (‌..)

lic Relations, by the African Travel Association, by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, by the Institute Of Cultural Diplomacy, and by many other national and international professional bodies. In the end of the ceremony Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei handed out the academician insignia and European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea invited the new academician Walter Mzembi to take his place amongst his peers. After being nominated as Academician- Honorary Member of European Tourism Academy Mr. Walter Mzembi becomes the voice of African continent in relation with Europe and in the world tourist stage opening the gates of prosperity and recognition for his fellow ministers from Africa and creating new opportunities of engagement between Africa and Europe in tourism, culture and economic cooperation.


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10 WORLD WONDERS TO VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 European Council on Tourism and Trade un-

tiful Zimbabwe.

veiled a list of astonishing beautiful places that

The National

can be find in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA-

Muse ums and

TION IN 2014 -ZIMBABWE.

Monuments has recorded over 2

On 2 May 2014, Zimbabwe was selected from 27 candidate countries as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014.

000

known

painte d caves and sites, with the most beautiful being the

The group of experts of European Council on

Nzwatugi Caves in the Matopos. What of the

Tourism and Trade considered that Zimbabwe

numerous monuments and heritage sites that

is encompassing safety for traveler`s with natu-

you can visit to totally absorb the meaning of

ral treasures and cultural legacy constituting

being Zimbabwean from as far back as the 16th

the country in THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINA-

century.

TION. A SEVEN-WONDER DESTINATION IN TOURISM AND CULTURAL POTENTIAL. In order to facilitate to travelers and tourist agency alike the creation of a touristic program for their stay in ZIMBABWE: FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION European Council on Tour-

Africa and creating new opportunities of engagement between Africa and Europe in tourism, culture and economic cooperation.

Witness the magic of Victoria Falls

ism and Trade has summarized seven key points and landmarks that must be visited in 2014. The list of astonishing beautiful places that can be find in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 -ZIMBABWE comprise:

Visit incredible museums. In search of wealth of history and heritage. Zimbabwe is one of the few African countries that invested

Present on the list of all major natural monuments in the world and even in the less orthodox “Things You Must Do Before You Die” lists it is a visit to the incredible Victoria Falls.

heavily in promoting and conserving the richness of history and

Being listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mosi-

tradition in the country.

oa-Tunya as is known by the local tribes, the place is a World

With a long history that dates back to over 30 000 years Zimbabwe has created world famous museums such as: The Natural History Museum in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences in Harare, Mutare Antiquities Museum and Gweru Military & Police Museum.

Visit the African rock paintings A special attention must be paid to the world renowned an-

Natural Heritage Site of incomparable beauty. It is considered as the adventure capital of Africa, with more than 50 activities available for tourist leisure and activity. Lunar rainbows otherwise known as Moonbows at the Victoria Falls are a special spectacle to enjoy. It is an amazing and romantic sight for weeding celebration and vacations.

The indelible Great Zimbabwe — The Medieval Palace Complex

cient African rock paintings scattered all over beautiful Zimbabwe. The National Museums and Monuments has recorded over 2 000 known painted caves and sites, with the most beau-

The name Zimbabwe derives from the ancient kingdom of Shona words “Dzimba dzamabwe” directly translated “houses


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10 WORLD WONDERS TO VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 of stone”. The heritage of the “Stone City” is the treasure of

Visit the Eastern Highlands

pride and achievement that has been handed down from an astonishing civilization that once has towered over south of

Here is where one can find the most stunning landscapes in

Africa. Once you are there you can take a trip in time and his-

Africa. The Eastern Highlands mark the peak of Zimbabwe with

tory, back to the medieval era and experience the rich history

the highest point being the Mount Nyangani. The weather is

of Zimbabwe.

mostly pleasant throughout the year, but can get a bit too chilly during winter.

Millions of tourist has crowded over the ages to witness and

The Eastern Highlands abound in scenic spots views, like the

enjoy this spectacular place of

cascading Nyangombe Falls, or the highest waterfall in Zim-

legends and fantastic stories.

babwe being the two-tier Mtarazi Falls, or the Vumba Mountain overlooking Mozambique, and it is also the home of some

You can see firsthand the pres-

of the finest hotels in Africa, world class golf ranges and is of-

ervation of outstanding histori-

fering an opportunity to encounter the blue duiker and to en-

cal and cultural heritage in the

joy the pine breeze.

form of the former capital of

Meet the Lake God: Nyaminyami

the Shona Kingdom, the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, a fortified palatial complex from the 12th Century, offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-colonial civilizations of Africa, and a rare window into century’s old traditions.

Africa abounds in stories of fearsome god`s and deities but none so famous as the Mythical River God of Kariba, (one of the largest man-made lakes in the world). According to the

Today, Great Zimbabwe

local folklore Nyaminyami – the protector and guardian of the

Monument offers tourists

Lake, who had the body of a snake mixed with a fishes head,

an open air museum with

made occasional appearances above the water surface and

a rare collection of histori-

offers food to the locals in time of need.

cal and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world. It is time for you also to discover it !

For those disappointed by the search of monster of Loch Ness searching for the lost God of Kariba could be a well spend time if it is mixed with watching the spectacular African sunset on lake water-front, or viewing the famous house-boats will sure leave an indelible memory.

Go on safari in pristine wildlife and nature The “Mighty Zambezi” is Wilderness safaris in Zimbabwe’s game parks are a great thrill

Africa’s fourth largest river.

because of the high encounter possibility with the Big Seven.

It crosses over the bounda-

Hwange National Park is one of the leading game reserves in

ries of six countries and is

the world and largest in Zimbabwe. It is home to over 100 spe-

Africa’s only major impor-

cies of mammals and over 400 bird species.

tance river to flow east-

Mana Pools National Park is another exquisite natural park in Zimbabwe that can be visited on foot and without a guide.

wards int o the Indian Ocean.

Imagine the thrill of close wild animal sightseeing in the wild, b

Adrenalin seekers should never miss an opportunity to try out

but take the necessary precautions as is not uncommon to

the extreme activities available on the wild Zambezi

come across lions and even some of the last remaining black

River. Popular activities include the famous white water raft-

rhinos.

ing, kayaking, and canoe trips, in fact the list is endless.


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10 WORLD WONDERS TO VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 Enjoying life in Tourism based community.

In search of humanity most acclaimed places.

Supporting a rural

Once in Zimbabwe don’t forget to put on your to do list a visit

community develop-

to at least 2-3 major historical sites of world significance and

ment via tourism and

value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to

insuring the survival of

UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monument (added

sustainable tourism,

to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in

with its low ecological

2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Ar-

impact and preserva-

eas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria

tion of natural biodi-

Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa National Monu-

versity and protection of endangered species in Southern Af-

ments dating from the Stone Age period, make destination

rica it is another time well spent travel experience.

Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the world legacy.

Keeping alive indigenous traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the Zimbabwe people’s social fabric, which offers

The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for first class

the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all

tourism, offering large areas suitable for tourist to enjoy and

achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE a first

discover and completed with the necessary infrastructure to

class destination.

welcome the adventure seeker while its conditions of safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top destina-

Community based ecotourism is a perfect way of sharing revenue that supports rural communities’ prosperity through opportunities to market their foodstuffs and handicrafts to the world. The way in which eco-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes eco-friendly tourism the lesson that the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering to the world.

See the Exfoliated Hills.

Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Falls; the National Parks such the Eastern Highlands in Manicaland; the Mana Pools in Mashonaland West; Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland; Chilojo Cliffs in Masvingo and the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo etc. All these regions and national parks are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

tions.


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PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in

The parties

2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can-

had appreci-

didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

ated that between Euro-

AWARD. We present some of the most out-

pean Council

standing candidates

on Tourism and Trade and Brazil are large areas of com-

BRAZIL CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST

mon interests, designed to forge a good understanding be-

TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

tween the two organisms. The European Council on Tourism

On 31 May, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting between President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Federal Republic of Brazil had taken place. Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his amicable fillings and friendly interest towards the recent evolutions in Brazil tourism

and Trade- Brazil relationship must be an example for a better relation between Europe and Latin America. If in the last decade the bilateral dialogue with this area was faltering, now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship.

sector. Tourism is consolidating Brazil’s economic develop-

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses

ment, is supporting the poverty alleviation programs and cre-

of economic, tourism, political and cultural bilateral relations

ates a platform for a higher standard in the world for Brazil.

and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.

All the changes in Brazilian tourism are witnessed with sympa-

Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on

thy and interest in Europe, emphasized Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea.

Tourism had express his appreciation for Brazil desire to obtain

H.E. Brazil Ambassador Raymundo Magno made a presentation of the latest achievements in tourism sector and bilateral relations: opening new hotels, adopting new promotion strategy, adopting a regions development strategy and increasing state support for tourism activities all this are building new bridges

the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN 2014 and declared that Brazil is one the most important contenders to the title and have`s a lot of arguments in his favor and this candidature will be reviewed and will be considered in due time with all the attention.

of understanding between European Council on Tourism and

The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dialogue

Trade and Brazil.

and fostering the relations between European Council on Tour-

On this note, Brazil Ambassador present his country candida-

ism and Trade and Brazil.

ture for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 empha-

LEBANON A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD

sizing that Brazil wants to be the first country to be presented

BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

on the competition as a sign of recent development in tourism. On 12 July 2013 the taking office protocol meeting between Receiving WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for

Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on

2014 will be a perfect completion of a period of greater inter-

Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Lebanon had taken

national standing for Brazil on world arena. After candidature

place.

for World Expo 2020, for football championship and sports game today the candidature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTI-

Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartfealted congratulation

NATION IN 2014 is part of Brazil strategy of capturing the world

on the occasion of beginning of mandate of a new Lebanese

imagination, concluded Ambassador Raymundo Magno.

Ambassador appreciating that Lebanon is a household name in trade and tourism in the Middle East and stated that the im


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PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in

order to encourage Lebanon future in tourism.

2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can-

The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dia-

didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

logue and fostering the relations between European Coun-

AWARD. We present some of the most out-

cil on Tourism and Trade and Lebanon.

standing candidates LEBANON: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 (continuation) pressive archeological potential of Lebanon as the heir of Phoenician Empire is a testimony for the future of tourism in this country. European Council on Tourism and Trade as the most important

VENEZUELA : CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD

tourism promoter between Europe and Middle East is fully

BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

aware of paramount role in this direction and will try to support Lebanese efforts for tourism awareness , concluded Prof.

On 9 July 2013 the taking office protocol meeting between

Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism

Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on

and Trade.

Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic

H.E. Ambassador Rena Mokadem expressed here full accor-

of Venezuela had taken place.

dance and the appreciation for the encouragement`s offered

Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartfealted congratula-

by President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that Leba-

tion on the occasion of beginning of mandate of a new

non is staking the future development on tourism and in this

Venezuelan Ambassador appreciating that between Europe

regard the best connection will be European Council on Tour-

and Venezuela there is a large area of common interests ,

ism and Trade .

designed to forge a good understanding between the two

The Lebanese ambassador presented afterwards the candidature file of Lebanon capital-Beirut to compete for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD and of Lebanon for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2014. If we succeed to obtain this prize in 2013 or 2014 it will be a symbol of Lebanon status in the world concluded Ambassador Rena Mokadem. Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade accepted the candidature file and promised a full and complete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade. President Anton Caragea express question marks regarding the troubles in Middle east area and other hurdle in this road for tourism promotion and acceptance and maybe Lebanon is not yet fully prepared, but he accepted the idea of candidature in

entities. The Europe- Venezuela relationship in the field of tourism, trade and investments must be an example for a better relation between Europe and Latin America. If in the last decade the bilateral dialogue with this area was faltering, now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship. European Council on Tourism and Trade as the main tourism and investment body is aware of his crucial role in this direction, concluded Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade. H.E. Ambassador Ricardo V.Carazo had expressed his appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by President Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a economic, politic and cultural special relationship between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Venezuela is a


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PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in

SUDAN: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD

2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can-

BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

On 10 July 2013 the

AWARD. We present some of the most out-

taking office proto-

standing candidates

col meeting between Prof. Dr.

VENEZUELA: CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 (continuation)

Anton Caragea, President of European Council on

shared vision. The Venezuelan ambassador presented after-

Tourism and Trade

wards the candidature file of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

and Ambassador of

for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014

Sudan had taken

declaring that the acceptance of the Venezuela candidature for

place.

the highest tourism award it is a perfect achievement for his country.Also he presented Caracas advantages as a bustling,

Prof.Dr.Anton Car-

spruced up city capa-

agea express his

ble to receive the

heartfealted con-

WORLD CAPITAL OF

gratulation on the

CULTURE AND TOUR-

occasion of begin-

ISM AWARD.

ning of mandate of a new Sudanese Ambassador appreciating that trade and

If we succeed to ob-

tourism are the only tool that will allow Sudan to overcome

tain any of this prizes

present day isolation and economic difficulties and stated

in 2013 and 2014 for

that the impressive archeological potential of Sudan is a

our country it will be

testimony for the future of tourism in this country.

a landmark in tourism promotion con-

European Council on Tourism and Trade as the most impor-

cluded Ambassador

tant tourism promoter is playing a his crucial role in this

Victor Ricardo.

direction and will try to support Sudanese efforts for tourism development, concluded Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, Presi-

Prof. Dr. Anton Car-

dent of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

agea, President of European Council on

H.E. Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb expressed his total ap-

Tourism and Trade

preciation for the encouragement`s offered by President

accepted the candidature files and promised a full and com-

Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that Sudanese ef-

plete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade appro-

forts in tourism development have no greater friend in

priate bodies and Venezuela should be regarded as a strong

Europe than European Council on Tourism and Trade and

tourism destination and a powerful candidate for next year

his President-Professor Anton Caragea.

competition concluded ECTT President.

The Sudanese ambassador presented afterwards the candi-

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses

dature file of Sudanese capital-Khartoum to compete for

of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD. If we

ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future for the benefit

succeed to obtain this prize in 2013 or 2014 it will be a sym-

of Latin America.

bol of African and Sudan renaissance concluded


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PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in

of understanding between European Council on Tourism

2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can-

and Trade and Cuba.

didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

On this note, Cuban Ambassador present his country candi-

AWARD. We present some of the most outstanding candidates SUDAN: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb.

dature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 emphasizing that Cuba wants to be the first Caribbean country to be presented on the competition as a sign of recent development in his touristic activities. The parties had appreciated that between Euro-

Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tour-

pean Council on Tourism

ism and Trade accepted the candidature file and promised a

and Trade and Cuba are

full and complete review by European Council on Tourism and

large areas of common

Trade.

interests, designed to forge a good understand-

President Anton Caragea cautioned that Sudan had many ob-

ing between the two or-

stacles in his road for tourism promotion and acceptance and

ganisms. The European

maybe is not yet fully prepared but event the acceptance of his

Council on Tourism and

candidature file is a sign normality that ECTT is glad to offer.

Trade- Cuban relationship

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future for the benefit of peoples of Sudan.

CUBA: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014

must be an example for a better relation between Europe and Caribbean region. If in the last decade the bilateral dialogue with this area was faltering, now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship. The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analy-

On 14 November, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting

ses of economic, tourism, political and cultural bilateral

between President of European Council on Tourism and Trade

relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the

and Ambassador of Cuba had taken place.

future.

Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea expressed his amicable fillings and

Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council

friendly interest towards the recent evolutions in Cuban tour-

on Tourism had express his appreciation for Cuban desire to

ism sector. Tourism is consolidating Cuba’s economic develop-

obtain the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN

ment, is supporting the poverty alleviation programs and cre-

2014 and declared that Cuba is one the most important

ates a platform for a higher standard in the world for Cuba.

contenders to the title and have`s a lot of arguments in his

H.E. Cuban Ambassador Ms. Ileana Hernandez made a presentation of the latest achievements in tourism sector and bilat-

favor and this candidature will be reviewed and will be considered in due time with all the attention.

eral relations: opening new tourism resorts, hotels, adopting a

The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dia-

brand promotion strategy, adopting a regional development

logue and fostering the relations between European Coun-

strategy for different sectors of economy and increasing state

cil on Tourism and Trade and Cuba.

support for tourism activities all this are building new bridges


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PRESIDENTIAL DECISION FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION As the main tourism

European tourism, electing

accolade in the world,

new countries in the ECTT and electing new members in

in 2014 alone, 27

the European Tourism Acad-

countries had pre-

emy etc.

sented their candida-

In concluding the works of

ture for WORLD BEST

European Council on Tourism

TOURIST DESTINA-

and Trade the main delegates

TION AWARD.

will be invited for a discovery trip to Danube Delta. Danube Delta it is an unique touristic and natural reserva-

The ECTT President Office decided to convene on 2 and 3 May

tion, an area without similarity in European Union and the

2014 the General Assembly of European Council on Tourism

world, a wild life and natural sanctuary and the visit of all

and Trade.

European delegates to the area will be not only a promotion trip, but also a discovery of a natural protected area

More than 200 representatives of major regional branches of

that every European must at least once in their life to come

European Council on Tourism and Trade, major tourism and

and visit, stated ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Car-

trade firms and tourism specialized journalist`s will convene in

agea.

Bucharest, in the landmark Palace of Parliament of Romania, the second largest building in the world and the first in Europe, a landmark of European tourism and architectural treasures. It was considered as befitting that, the most important European tourism gathering to be held in the venues of the greatest building in Europe. On the luxurious surrounding of Palace of Parliament, the body will have to decide upon the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2014 with 27 countries on the list, from all the continents, regions and climate`s off the world. It is the biggest number of competitors in the history of the prize and this fact alone is speaking about the importance of the prize, the relevance of the competition and of the prestige that is encompassed in the European highest tourist award, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President. We have countries representing the historical patrimony and the rich cultures of Asia, to the pristine nature of Africa and the traditions and historical patrimony of the black continent and concluding with the impressive tourism potential of South and Central America, declared Academician Mircea Constantinescu. Other topics will be: the selection of the best city for tourismWorld Capital of Culture and Tourism, analyzing the future of


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TOURISM AND TRADE DESTINATION AWARD

CEREMONY FOR ZIMBABWE 2014 WINNER-HARARE


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EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2014 May-June 2014 Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae


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European Tourism Academy is welcoming a new member MR. WALTER MZEMBI Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of ZIMBABWE

Upcoming Events for European Tourism Industry September 2014—Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will lead an ECTT delegation to Danube Delta-World Natural Protected Area September 2014—WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM CEREMONIES in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan September 2014—WORLD TOURISM DAY celebration at European Council on Tourism and Trade. Diplomatic trip to Vrancea region. October 2014– Autumn Diplomatic Trip in the framework of DISCOVER EUROPE PROGRAM of European Council on Tourism and Trade November 2014—Professor dr. Anton Caragea will lead an ECTT delegation in United Arab Emirates for UAE National Day Celebrations December 2014—The General Meeting of ECTT in Bucharest –Palace of Parliament

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