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Zim to host Africa Gastronomy Conference

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

ZIMBABWE is set to host the 2024 edition of the Africa Gastronomy Conference in the resort city of Victoria Falls on a date to be announced, after successfully bidding to host the continental event.

Zimbabwe has participated at the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading fair for inbound and outbound markets in Ibero-America in Madrid Spain.

The showcase known as the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), took centre stage from the 24th to 28th of this month.

For Zimbabwe, besides celebrating huge gains towards gaining a footprint in the Spain market where over a quarter of a million tourists have visited Southern Africa in the last three years, the country has won the bid to host another important tourism showcase, the Africa Gastronomy Conference.

The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Honourable Barbara Rwodzi said, “Most important is the meeting with the UN Tourism Secretary General that happened this morning whereby we had a hype about Africa Gastronomy Conference we intend to host and it was accepted and the dates will be advised. We are excited, that’s our joy this afternoon, we got in the pocket and we intend to host it in Victoria Falls as well as discussions around a tourism academy in Victoria Falls.”

Gastronomy, the art of selecting, preparing, serving, and enjoying fine foods has become a crucial theme in the tourism sector with its anchor in relationships between food, culture and tradition.

Tourism stakeholders believe hosting the conference will be yet another opportunity for Zimbabwe to showcase the country as the global destination of choice.

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