State-owned mobile network operator NetOne has tendered its support for Tourism Minister Dr Walter Mzembi’s campaign for the much coveted UNWTO Secretary General post by chipping in with a cool $10 000 donation.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking at a media briefing, NetOne acting chair Mr Peter Chingoka said the connection between ICTs and the tourism sector is essential for economic growth.
“It is a fact that Tourism and Information Communication Technology are the main pillars of global economies. The future of Travel and Tourism is in ICT and this is the reason why you see that the recently held African Union (AU) 28th ordinary Summit ion Ethiopia centred mainly on digitisation.
“We must create between ICT and Tourism and this is the reason why we are gathered here to day.
“As support and gesture of commitment to the national Tourism Agenda, NetOne will assist Dr Mzembi’s campaign with $10 000 which will go towards publicity campaigns in the ZimTravel Magazine which will be published and distributed every month,” he said.
The NetOne chair added that the company will cater for all his communication needs during the campaign period.
“I need to state upfront that NetOne has become the first corporate to respond to our clarion call to support our campaign for the position of UNWTO Secretary General. The elections for this post are scheduled to take place from the 11th to 12th of May 2017. therefore our campaign is in full swing,
“We are grappling with funding challenges of the campaign and this gesture in the form of a donation of $10 000 to support this cause will go a long way in encouraging others to follow suit in your footsteps-to support a continental cause to deploy me at the apex of global tourism body-the UNWTO,” he said.