EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND TRADE-ZIMBABWE IS THE NEW WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014

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European Journal of Tourism and Trade is dedicating a special publication to present World Best Tourist Destination Award Ceremony for 2014, held in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe.
During the ceremonies H.E. President Robert Mugabe received the World Best Tourist destination kudos for Zimbabwe and Minister of culture of Zimbabwe-Mr. Andrew Landa also accepted the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINTION AWARD for his country. In the final moment of ceremony Academician Mircea Constantinescu bestow the EUROPEA TOURIM ACADEMY medal for Minister of tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe- Mr. Walter Mzembi.

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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND TRADE-ZIMBABWE IS THE NEW WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014

  1. 1. 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, Profes- sor 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 per- sonality 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 mo- mentous 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 this issue WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONY P.1 GUIDE TO ZIMBABWE P.16 EUROPEAN ACADEMY P.19 Upcoming event`s P.28 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, Euro- pean Council on Tourism and Trade President for the election of ZIM- BABWE as the first African country named WORLD BEST TOURIST DES- TINATION 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. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND TRADE Quarterly Journal of Tourism Information General Manager: Nicolae Nicolae ISSUE 12 , YEAR 2014, SPECIAL EDITION: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION
  2. 2. 2 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 IS ZIMBABWE The European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation has toured Zimbabwe- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in order to express the European support for the devel- opment of tourism industry in Zimbabwe and clearly mark the fact that Zimbabwe has devel- oped into the epitome of high class tourism in Africa. The visit made between 28 May-6 June 2014 by an European delegation headed by H.E. Profes- 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 south- ern region of Africa, a region in full economic development and with a long tradition of part- nership with our country. 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. From the profundity of our heart: Tank you Professor ! 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 20 years of revolutionary activity at the risk of the life and personal peace, spent in the opposi- tion to the absurd regime of apartheid and seg- regation of Old time Rhodesia. 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 me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds me to you.” 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 along the names of the fathers of free Af- rica:Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta etc. as a giant of liberation and free- dom fight in Africa and the world. Other meeting where held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea with Hon. J.T.R Majuru- Vice- President of Republic of Zimbabwe, S.K.Moyo- Senior Minister (Prime Minister) of Zimbabwe, Hon. N. Goche-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Indus- try- Walter Mzembi etc. During the discussion, foreign policy coopera- tion, opening of honorary consulates and eco- 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 Luxurious WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD Festivity held in Harare .
  3. 3. 3 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 IS THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE Republic of Zimbabwe buoyant economic environment. The European delegation enjoyed a sophisti- cated 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- cover the world greatest cascade: Victoria waterfall. In sign of honor, Professor Dr. Anton Car- agea occupied the Winston Churchill apart- ment in the famous Victorian hotel of Victo- ria Falls. 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 development of the social and political coop- eration. The Republic of Zimbabwe becomes now the main political and strategic partner in the region of southern Africa, offering innumer- able opportunities for developing friendly ties. On 11th of August 2014 President Dr. Anton Caragea had offered an interview regarding his recent trip to Zimbabwe and stated that: Our familiarization trip has in his core to express our support for the incredible devel- opment of tourism in Zimbabwe under the care and benevolent support of H.E Presi- dent Robert Mugabe, the celebrated African hero and with the efficient and lofty supervi- sion of Minister Walter Mzembi and Tourism Authority of Zimbabwe Chairman- Karikoga Kaseke declared H.E. President Anton Car- agea. Our fact finding tourism mission must also mark the start of rebuilding European- 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 tour- ism in Zimbabwe has become world recog- nized, 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 destina- tion of Zimbabwe. We succeeded in ending the separation be- 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. The days of betterment and perfect develop- ment of tourism in Zimbabwe are right ahead concluded European Council on Tour- ism and Trade`s President his report over his visit to Zimbabwe-the gem of Africa- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014. EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESS OFFICE
  4. 4. 4 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 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 ZIM- BABWE as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 and as receiver of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2014. Delegates from 27 countries debated the future of tourism for a two day summit. Among the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 to ZIMBABWE the report outlined: - The peerless organization of World Tourism Organization General Assem- bly in 24-30 August 2013, the world gathering of tourism experts compris- ing more than 120 countries. The successful organizing of this world event, despite tremendous logistic and economic challenges, proves without a doubt the capacity of Zimbabwe authority and tourism industry to organize world level events and to host all level of tour- ism. After the perfect support and creative vision in carving a successful world tourism meeting, ZIMBABWE has un- equivocal demonstrated that is a safe, open and perfect managed tourism power house. - The promotion and support offered to a new concept of community natural protec- tion supporting tourism friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest south-African eco-climate. Community based ecotourism protection carved by Minister Walter Mzembi is a per- fect 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 popula- tion, offering eco-friendly tourism it is a les- son that REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is offering to the world. - Offering to tourists and outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to ex- plore nature, to contribute to ecological 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 Masho- naland, Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland, Chilojo Cliffs, and Matobo Hills from Bula- wayo etc. All this regions and natural parks are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized. - The continuous development and protec- tion of cultural and historical patrimony of Republic of Zimbabwe, the transformation of Harare in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of people’s of Zim- babwe 3 MAY 2014 PHOTO CHRONICLE OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ASSEMBLY
  5. 5. 5 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: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins Na- tional 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. - The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for adventure tourism offering a large area of regions suitable for this special kind of tourism and the necessary infrastructure to welcome adventure sicker, the safety structures and natural potential to rank amongst the top world adventure spots. - Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE people, offer- ing possibility for an enriching cultural ex- perience, are all achievements that trans- form REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE in a spiritual first class destination. After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from Romanian Parlia- ment and Director of European Parlia- mentary Committee in European Coun- cil on Tourism and Trade had express the feeling’s of all present at the gath- ering declaring that: REPUBLIC OF ZIM- BABWE is the perfect candidate, with a perfect record of promoting eco- friendly tourism, ecological and social oriented tourism and that only a una- nimity vote in favor of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE could express the unwav- ering European tourism and economic community support in favor of such a world model. Mr. Victor Deleanu, ECTT rapporteur, presented also a report on ZIMBABWE: HOT SPOT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM reiterating the highest praises for the country safety record and infrastruc- ture and hospitality industry achieve- ments that are making Zimbabwe the perfect destination in Africa. EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESS OFFICE Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of Trade Mission of ECTT also highlighted the impor- tance that today, when Africa is celebrated 50 years of African Unity, Europe must ex- press his commitment and appreciation for Africa by crowning ZIMBABWE as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014. In the end of the debate European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA- TION FOR 2014 TI- TLE TO REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE and to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE - FAVORITE CUL- TURAL DESTINATION in 2014. Awarding the high- est 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 ZIM- BABWE, are all momentous and felicitous occasions that are offering the symbol of admiration that all tourism experts are hav- ing for the potential and future of tourism in REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, concluded at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Car- agea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
  6. 6. 6 ZIMBABWE HAS THE LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2014 On the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTI- NATION award ceremony held in Harare H.E. President of the Republic of Zimbabwe-Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the african liberation hero, has presented the official acceptance allocution on behalf of people and government of Zimbabwe. Here is the full text of the inspiring speech pre- sented by the most famous african leader of today: I want I thank for this event to: The Honorable Vice-President Joice Mujuru The Speaker of the House of Assembly and ad- vocate Jacob Mudenda, The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Indus- try comrade Walter Mzembi and all ministers here present, 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 TOUR- IST 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 In addition our country is adjudged by relevant experts to poses the best climate in the word making it: an attracting tourism destination all 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, 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- nation to be as warm as is proofed to be, Zim- babwe together with many other countries in southern Africa has succeeded to preserved much of his natural biodiversity in both flora and fauna, indeed we are home to some of the of the most sought after and rare animals in the world, including the big five: the elephant- huge, the lion- feroces, the rhino-quiet, but harmful, the leopard-there is stealthy but also blood thirsty and buffalo. Of all this, the one we say is the most friendly maybe the buffalo, it is the only one of them but it is just one but the others do not provide the thing that we want to eat. I don’t know if the lion is eatable, less still do I know if the rhino or leopard are eatable anywhere but the elephant is, I did not tasted before I was in the prison where they serve us with elephant meet, it but I can tell you that I never like it I never tasted it after prison. I was afraid and who could not be afraid to eat the elephant ? EYE ON IT Kazakhstan congratulates ZIMBABWE for being named WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 His Excellency Kazakhstan Ambas- sador Yerzan Kazykanov stated after Laos was awarded the title of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA- TION FOR 2014 that : I express my sincere congratulation for the people and government of ZIMBABWE and Africa for this out- standing success and powerful pro- motion tool for tourism, but also for this increase in the international prestige of your country. I hope that we can cooperate in the framework of European Council on Tourism and Trade to promote tourism, cultural and trade ties between our countries.
  7. 7. 7 ZIMBABWE HAS THE GLOBAL LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2014 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 High- lands, the Mana Pools and off course the Exfoliated Hills in Manica- land, 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 access to all our country natural features, the opportunity for tour- ists to explore nature in his ecological environment, must have strongly contributed to ECTT decision to grant us the awards that we just received today. Ladies and Gentleman’s While our country rich historical and cultural legacy has caught the et ye of ECTT, the venerable Great Zimbabwe, a fortified palatial complex that must have being build in 12 century, must played his part , the Great Zimbabwe from whom our great country is deriving his name is offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre- colonial civilization of Africa and indeed a rare window into centu- ries of traditions. Indeed countrymen, the winning of this award should must be a wakeup call to many, to realize the many historical treasures that we own. How many of us are aware of the many historical treasure that we own ? How many are aware that our national monuments in Manicaland 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 I believe is equally important for our people both children and adults to know and visit this site, yes we can share them with world and can be said that that we hold them entrust for humanity , but they remain first and foremost our own, they defined our zimbab- weness cultural diversity. Cultural diversity in way of life and way of life showing itself in our interaction, marriages but much, much more pleasantly in song and dance and you heard today that diversity coming out from Rever- end Damasani poetic rendering. 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. I must pay a tribute to this young person they call Minister Mzembi, now the only surviving minister of tourism in Africa, or in the world, so he says. I rate him as one of my best ministers. Foresight, full of brilliant ideas that are not remaining just in the mind, they take the form of action and practice. Yes, he has gallivanted the world: East, West, North South, but every step he took, was to make better know Zimbabwe, two make the people better know, to make the reaches of Zimbabwe better known. We still have so many not unknown, some of them where known and dig out, but thanks God we still have them and we start to discovering them for ourselves. Let the world to know us and to know us fully: that we are a peace- ful people but a proud people as well, and when it comes about natural resources s committed to be their owners, jealous of them. Fighters against imperialism and colonialism because it wants to displace us, as in deed they have displaced us for nearly a century, and we are owners and in possession of our wealth. A wealth that we discovered ! Even our past was sometime ugly, difficult for our ancestors, but let it be know our immediate past even as well as our contemporary history. Is in this context that we emphasize the importance of our history of liberating Zimbabwe from colonial bondage and it is in this context that we want to emphasize the importance of writing the history because was not just the liberation of the people but the liberation of a people and their resources and their the tourist attraction as well. Must people commemorate the major historical wars going back to centuries, our war of liberation was, only yester-
  8. 8. 8 ZIMBABWE HAS THE GLOBAL LIMELIGHT ! – PRESIDENT ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE SPEECH FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTI- NATION CEREMONY FOR 2014 day, comparatively specking, we should not risk erase it from our memories. But we should preserved our pride history We won a great war the often pitted poorly armed, often shoe- less peasants against experienced, well armed, ruffles merce- naries, but we won it, against all odds. It was a people war, not just a ZANU ZAPU ZAMPLA ZIBRA war. No! Those where fronts, fronts of the people of Zimbabwe in their diversity and thus where fronts of determined people, deter- mined to fight for our people, their people, our people. We should never forget our people together, whatever their cultural be- lieves religious, cultural, political, they are our people and hence the need for the unity of our people, unity in diversity, We need to enshrined all location of majors battles indeed and grow them into iconic attractions, that our visitors and our posterity will visit and value them for all time. They become visiting places, tourist attraction. 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- ways ready against the enemy, against thus who want to pull the same trick already that they put against us in 1890 lasting up to 1980 we say No. Never again! Ladies and gentlemen, comrades and friends, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade. Let me conclude by saying: Thank you to you to European Council on Tourism and Trade- ECTT for these awards We should thank you for your magnanimity, I say magnanimity because at this juncture, during this time, at this time. When others are thinking at punishing us more, you are think- ing 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- pean Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) to give this awards to Zimbabwe. If the countries that have win these awards in the past are any- thing to go by, the European Council on Tourism and Trade has a very powerful and transparent desire to draw all the world's attention to the tourism potential in developing countries Thank you for that! This award is having the ef- fect of putting the winner under the global limelight and I want to say that we have this limelight, thanks to the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) and thanks to you the Zim- babweans for demonstrating that you love others in the world. We are now in the global limelight! I want to promise to the European Council on Tourism and Trade that we shall continue to increase our efforts to leverage the potential that you have identified in us and always make Zimbabwe a preferred tourist destination in the world, a peo- ple loving people’s destination. And I want to assure you that this is what are we working for: peace and harmony in Zimbabwe, peace and harmony in the region, and peace and harmony in the world I want to say once again thank you to European Council on Tourism and Trade for these awards, we shell treasure them for all time. PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE-ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE
  9. 9. 9 ZIMBABWE THE HOME COUNTRY OF TEN WORLD WONDERS by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE On 3 June 2014 in Harare-the capital of Republic of Zimbabwe the ceremony for awarding the world highest tourism prize has taken place in the presence of H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe and H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade. After the handing over ceremony of the most important honor that tourism industry can bestow for a country, now new op- portunities arise for Zimbabwe tourism. This wonderful world of opportunity for the people of Zim- babwe was opened by the 3 June mass ceremony held in Ha- 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) We have the honor of presenting you the full text of the em- powering speech by European Council on Tourism and Trade president on this felicitous celebration: 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 Mu- juru; Members of the Politburo; All Cabinet Minister and Members of the House of Assembly and the Senate; President of the Chiefs Council and all Chiefs here present; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed. As always, the ceremony for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA- TION AWARD is the embodiment of an idea and the universal proclamation of a country that succeeded in materializing this idea to the fullest. Last year we concentrated on the idea that in the world of today, tourism is a causeway uniting knowledge and friendship, peoples and countries, a way to promote peace and understanding, a road that leads towards a better future for all. We see the recipient of the WORLD BEST TOURISM AWARD, ZIMBABWE, not only standing for the idea of a resurrection of Africa and African people, but also symbolizing Africa’s deter- mination to undertake the long journey to global significance. We have also noted with great satisfaction that Zimbabwe has persistently viewed tourism as one of the pillars of its econ- omy, going forward. Your successive economic blueprints, right up to the current one, the ZIMASSET, recognize the critical value-adding role that the tourism sector can play in your economy. 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 signing that book. Yours was the 29th signature by various world statesmen throughout the globe, who have pledged their support for global tourism, with its critical role of promot- 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 communi- ties participate and benefit from enterprises that exploit and benefit from the conservation of bio-diversity of both flora and fauna, was born here. We are here to urge you along this course, because that makes Zimbabwe a steward of the earth’s flora and fauna, in its pristine condition, for the benefit and enjoyment of all humanity including Zimbabwe’s own poster- ity. Your government’s well placed recognition of tourism as an important sector is also evident in your decision to create a stand-alone Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, back in 2009. Even more fundamental for us, is your acknowledgement that tourism is a peace sector, constantly building bridges amongst the various peoples of the world.
  10. 10. 10 ZIMBABWE THE COUNTRY OF TEN WORLD WONDERS by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE Your recognition of this truth is evidenced, in part, by the sup- port you have given your Minister of Tourism to travel the world, east and west, ensuring that this bridge between your country and the rest of the world remains intact and promote real people-to-people warmth and friendship. It is not only for these philosophical reasons that we found your country worthy of this award, the fact is your country if 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 paintings and artefacts that symbolize early human civilization. Zimbabwe is indeed a destination of global note and the recog- nition 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 cul- turally 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- ple. Visitors here are bound to feel welcome, safe and secure, and that is probably the reason why the United Nations World Tourism Organization decided to hold the 20th Session of its General Assembly, which turned out to be its most successful, here in Zimbabwe at the magnificent Victoria Falls. Your Excellency Mr. President, It is my great honor and privilege to hand over this title as an 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. ANTON CARAGEA-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT
  11. 11. 11 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- Karikoga Kaseke and the Minister of Culture and Sport of The Republic of Zimbabwe has received from His Excellency Presi- dent 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. You can read in full extent the speech delivered on this momen- tous ceremony from the Office of The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade: Distinguish guests, To all the people of REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, I must say what a privilege is for the all mankind to honor a country that is becoming a FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION. 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 an indelible civilization, with hundreds of monuments of his- torical and world patrimony relevance, a strong and proud people that had offered to the world heritage countless bless- ings. Today when we celebrate Zimbabwe as a cultural and touristic power house, we must not forget that the main credit belongs, without a doubt, to the all people of Zimbabwe irrespective of their race, color, political or religious orientation that from 1979 onwards have been constructing, defying unfathomable difficulties, a life of dignity, liberty and tolerance in a free coun- try. Today, we come to share the good news that Africa, that re- cently celebrated 50 years of African unity, has reasserted her- self and we come to honor a country of REBIRTH , OF RENAIS- SANCE, in a world that forgets that the main reason of tourism is imbuing the travelers into local culture, to immerse them in the discovery of the history, we come today to Harare honor a TRUE CULTURE. 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 coloni- alism was cried out into the open and confronted with a new name: Harare! Here, in the city that never sleeps we have all gather to show our sup- port for the values of hu- manity, of cultural driven tourism. We are all here in the search for a country that offer to tourists a complete experience, a country that educates spirit, elevates soul and gives everybody a lesson in history and culture. We all have found in ZIMBABWE the perfect teacher in tour- ism, offering to all tourists of the world the possibility of a safe, pleasurable and enlightening touristic experience. Among the reasons leading to awarding FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2014 title to REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE our report has taken under consideration:
  12. 12. 12 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- munity natural protection supporting tourism friendly to na- ture, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest south-African eco-climate. - Offering to tourists the outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: the unique landscape of Victoria Waterfall, the Na- tional Parks as: Mana, Eastern Highlands from Manicaland, Mana Basins from West Mashonaland, Exfoliated Hills from Matebeland, Chilojo Cliffs, and Matobo Hills from Bulawayo etc. - The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: cultural, historical and rich legacy of Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe, the preservation of the former capital of Shone Kingdom-Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo area with a world class fortification system and palatial com- 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 into traditions of centuries. - Today, REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is creating and offering for tourists an open air museum, a rare collection of historical and archeological treasures that educate and enrich the world. – The preservation of cultural and natural sites of world signifi- cance and value such as: Great Zimbabwe National Monument (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Khami Ruins National Monu- ment (added to UNESCO list in 1986), Matobo Hills (added to UNESCO list in 2003), Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Che- wore 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,make desti- nation Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the world legacy. Based on these facts that can be completed with many others, The European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unani- mously, to declare REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE – FAVORITE CUL- TURAL DESTINATION in 2014. 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 civilization patrimony of your country, in fostering tourism and culture, in the service of the people of ZIMBABWE. May this award be trans- formed in a support for developing the interna- tional standing of REPUB- LIC OF ZIMBABWE, for a sustainable tourism and development and in a base for further success for A WORLD OF WON- DERS -THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE. Esteemed Minister of Culture, It is my privilege to handover to you, as representative of cul- ture of THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, the award for FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR 2014.
  13. 13. 13 DR. WALTER MZEMBI HAS PUT ZIMBABWE ON THE TOURISTIC MAP states Professor DR. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU-DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY 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 certifi- cate of membership to European Tourism Academy most re- cent elected member-The Minister of Tourism and Industry of Republic of Zimbabwe-Walter Mzembi. Here is Academician Mircea Constantinescu declaration on this solemn occasion: We are here to award to Dr. Walter Mzembi, the Minster of Zimbabwe, the Academician status and Medal of Honor, by the European Tourism Academy. We may say from the beginning that the curriculum vitae as well as the entire activity of dr. Walter Mzembi are remarkable and represent a very successful combination between high level knowledge and expertise, and efficient action imple- mented in different areas of the public service. Dr. Walter Mzembi is a very resourceful person and a man of many talents. His initial activity in the area of mechanical engineering, mining activity, water resources engineering, development and man- agement, land resettlement and agro in- dustrial man- agement pro- vided him with extensive knowledge 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 knowl- edgeable 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 bet- ter life for the people and promoting the image of his country all over the world. One may think that in a large and complex country like Zim- babwe, 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- ism the third largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Prod- uct, after mining and agriculture sectors. Dr. Walter Mzembi’s expertise in all these areas was extremely useful. Mother Nature was generous with Zimbabwe. The numerous natural reservations represent a valuable asset and create a legal framework for preserving the natural resources and won- derful landscapes, as well as building a tourism structure. After our working trips and evaluations of many countries of the world, we know that only the beauty of a scenery does not make a tourist attraction and does not bring revenues to the people. You need modern infrastructure, need people to provide ser- vices and stewardship, need financial and human resources, need communication and good will, and above all you need to be proud of your country. Dr. Walter Mzembi knows all that, and since 2009 he and his team, with the support of the entire Zimbabwe government, developed and implemented a successful strategy for the Zim- babwe tourism. Dr. Walter Mzembi is a born communicator and diplomat.
  14. 14. 14 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 rec- ognition of his merits in this area are con- firmed 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 bod- ies. 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 presi- dent Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe Government and Parlia- ment, supported by all the Zimbabwe people, played and es- sential role in installing again Zimbabwe into the great concert of the nations. Dr. Walter Mzembi was part of this continuous effort of com- munication and diplomacy inside and outside the country, and his role as Minister of Tourism was important and with remark- able results. So there is almost no surprise that with remarkable personali- ties 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 Zim- babwe tourism, we are proud to hand over the title of Acade- mician member of Honor and to bestow the Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Zimbabwe tour- ism, and to congratulate his as the newest academician of our European Tourism Academy.
  15. 15. 15 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 honor- ary academic member- Mr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tour- ism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe. The decision comes natural, as Minister Walter Mzembi suc- ceeded 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 this honor, a sign of African resurgence and of closer ties with Europe. 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 Govern- ance 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 In- dustry 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 ac- cepted 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 (…..) Dr. Walter Mzembi is a born communicator and diplomat. And this is not a pure laudation. The recognition of his merits in this area are confirmed by the appreciation of the Institute of Pub- lic Relations, by the African Travel Association, by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, by the Institute Of Cul- tural 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 recog- nition for his fellow ministers from Africa and creating new opportunities of engagement between Africa and Europe in tourism, culture and economic cooperation.
  16. 16. 16 10 WORLD WONDERS TO VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 European Council on Tourism and Trade un- veiled a list of astonishing beautiful places that can be find in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA- TION IN 2014 -ZIMBABWE. On 2 May 2014, Zimbabwe was selected from 27 candidate countries as WORLD BEST TOUR- IST DESTINATION IN 2014. The group of experts of European Council on Tourism and Trade considered that Zimbabwe is encompassing safety for traveler`s with natu- ral treasures and cultural legacy constituting the country in THE PERFECT AFRICAN DESTINA- 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- 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 com- prise: Visit incredible museums. In search of wealth of his- tory and heritage. Zimbabwe is one of the few African countries that invested heavily in promoting and conserving the richness of history and tradition in the country. With a long history that dates back to over 30 000 years Zim- babwe has created world famous museums such as: The Natu- ral History Museum in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Museum of Hu- man 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- cient African rock paintings scattered all over beautiful Zim- babwe. The National Museums and Monuments has recorded over 2 000 known painted caves and sites, with the most beau- tiful Zimbabwe. The National Museums and Monuments has recorded over 2 000 known painted caves and sites, with the most beautiful being the Nzwatugi Caves in the Matopos. What of the numerous monuments and heritage sites that you can visit to totally absorb the meaning of being Zimbabwean from as far back as the 16th century. Africa and creating new opportunities of engage- ment between Africa and Europe in tourism, culture and eco- nomic cooperation. Witness the magic of Victoria Falls 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. Being listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mosi- oa-Tunya as is known by the local tribes, the place is a World 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 other- wise 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 The name Zimbabwe derives from the ancient kingdom of Shona words “Dzimba dzamabwe” directly translated “houses
  17. 17. 17 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 pride and achievement that has been handed down from an astonishing civilization that once has towered over south of Africa. Once you are there you can take a trip in time and his- tory, back to the medieval era and experience the rich history of Zimbabwe. Millions of tourist has crowded over the ages to witness and enjoy this spectacular place of legends and fantastic stories. You can see firsthand the pres- ervation of outstanding histori- cal and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Shona Kingdom, the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, a forti- fied palatial complex from the 12th Century, offering a rare insight into one of the greatest pre-colonial civilizations of Af- rica, and a rare window into century’s old traditions. Today, Great Zimbabwe Monument offers tourists an open air museum with a rare collection of histori- cal and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world. It is time for you also to discover it ! Go on safari in pristine wildlife and nature Wilderness safaris in Zimbabwe’s game parks are a great thrill because of the high encounter possibility with the Big Seven. Hwange National Park is one of the leading game reserves in the world and largest in Zimbabwe. It is home to over 100 spe- cies of mammals and over 400 bird species. Mana Pools National Park is another exquisite natural park in Zimbabwe that can be visited on foot and without a guide. Imagine the thrill of close wild animal sightseeing in the wild, b but take the necessary precautions as is not uncommon to come across lions and even some of the last remaining black rhinos. Visit the Eastern Highlands Here is where one can find the most stunning landscapes in Africa. The Eastern Highlands mark the peak of Zimbabwe with the highest point being the Mount Nyangani. The weather is mostly pleasant throughout the year, but can get a bit too chilly during winter. The Eastern Highlands abound in scenic spots views, like the cascading Nyangombe Falls, or the highest waterfall in Zim- babwe being the two-tier Mtarazi Falls, or the Vumba Moun- tain overlooking Mozambique, and it is also the home of some of the finest hotels in Africa, world class golf ranges and is of- fering an opportunity to encounter the blue duiker and to en- joy the pine breeze. Meet the Lake God: Nyaminyami 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 local folklore Nyaminyami – the protector and guardian of the Lake, who had the body of a snake mixed with a fishes head, made occasional appearances above the water surface and offers food to the locals in time of need. 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. The “Mighty Zambezi” is Africa’s fourth largest river. It crosses over the bounda- ries of six countries and is Africa’s only major impor- tance river to flow east- wards into the Indian Ocean. Adrenalin seekers should never miss an opportunity to try out the extreme activities available on the wild Zambezi River. Popular activities include the famous white water raft- ing, kayaking, and canoe trips, in fact the list is endless.
  18. 18. 18 10 WORLD WONDERS TO VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 Enjoying life in Tourism based community. Supporting a rural community develop- ment via tourism and insuring the survival of sustainable tourism, with its low ecological impact and preserva- tion of natural biodi- versity and protection of endangered species in Southern Af- rica it is another time well spent travel experience. Keeping alive indigenous traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the Zimbabwe people’s social fabric, which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE a first class destination. Community based ecotourism is a perfect way of sharing reve- nue that supports rural communities’ prosperity through op- portunities 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 communi- ties, 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 achiev- ing ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world. In search of humanity most acclaimed places. Once in Zimbabwe don’t forget to put on your to do list a visit to at least 2-3 major historical 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 Ar- eas (added to UNESCO list in 1984), Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls and UNESCO candidate regions as: Ziwa National Monu- ments dating from the Stone Age period, make destination Zimbabwe to offer an incomparable contribution to the world legacy. The REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE is today a hot spot for first class tourism, offering large areas suitable for tourist to enjoy and discover and completed with the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker while its conditions of safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top destina- tions.
  19. 19. 19 PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in 2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can- didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD. We present the most outstanding candi- dates BRAZIL CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 On 31 May, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting between President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Am- bassador 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 sector. Tourism is consolidating Brazil’s economic develop- ment, is supporting the poverty alleviation programs and cre- ates a platform for a higher standard in the world for Brazil. All the changes in Brazilian tourism are witnessed with sympa- thy and interest in Europe, emphasized Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea. H.E. Brazil Ambassador Raymundo Magno made a presentation of the latest achievements in tourism sector and bilateral rela- tions: 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 of understanding between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Brazil. On this note, Brazil Ambassador present his country candida- ture for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 empha- sizing that Brazil wants to be the first country to be presented on the competition as a sign of recent development in tourism. Receiving WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for 2014 will be a perfect completion of a period of greater inter- national standing for Brazil on world arena. After candidature for World Expo 2020, for football championship and sports game today the candidature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTI- NATION IN 2014 is part of Brazil strategy of capturing the world imagination, concluded Ambassador Raymundo Magno. The parties had appreci- ated that be- tween Euro- pean Council on Tourism and Trade and Brazil are large areas of com- mon interests, designed to forge a good understanding be- tween the two organisms. The European Council on 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. The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, tourism, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future. Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism had express his appreciation for Brazil desire to obtain 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 can- didature will be reviewed and will be considered in due time with all the attention. The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dialogue and fostering the relations between European Council on Tour- ism and Trade and Brazil. LEBANON A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 On 12 July 2013 the taking office protocol meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Lebanon had taken place. Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartfealted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of a new Lebanese Ambassador appreciating that Lebanon is a household name in trade and tourism in the Middle East and stated that the im
  20. 20. 20 PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world in 2014 alone 27 countries had presented their can- didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD. We present the most outstanding candi- dates LEBANON: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 (continuation) pressive archeological potential of Lebanon as the heir of Phoe- nician Empire is a testimony for the future of tourism in this country. European Council on Tourism and Trade as the most important tourism promoter between Europe and Middle East is fully aware of paramount role in this direction and will try to sup- port Lebanese efforts for tourism awareness , concluded Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade. H.E. Ambassador Rena Mokadem expressed here full accor- dance and the appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that Leba- non is staking the future development on tourism and in this regard the best connection will be European Council on Tour- ism and Trade . The Lebanese ambassador presented afterwards the candida- ture file of Lebanon capital-Beirut to compete for WORLD CAPI- TAL 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 Tour- ism 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 order to encourage Lebanon future in tourism. The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dia- logue and fostering the relations between European Coun- cil on Tourism and Trade and Lebanon. VENEZUELA : CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 On 9 July 2013 the taking office protocol meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had taken place. Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartfealted congratula- tion on the occasion of beginning of mandate of a new Venezuelan Ambassador appreciating that between Europe and Venezuela there is a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding between the two 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 tour- ism 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 appre- ciation 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
  21. 21. 21 PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in 2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can- didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD. We present the most outstanding candi- dates VENEZUELA: CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 (continuation) shared vision. The Venezuelan ambassador presented after- wards the candidature file of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2014 declaring that the acceptance of the Venezuela candidature for the highest tourism award it is a perfect achievement for his country.Also he presented Caracas advantages as a bustling, spruced up city capa- ble to receive the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOUR- ISM AWARD. If we succeed to ob- tain any of this prizes in 2013 and 2014 for our country it will be a landmark in tour- ism promotion con- cluded Ambassador Victor Ricardo. Prof. Dr. Anton Car- agea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade accepted the candidature files and promised a full and com- plete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade appro- priate bodies and Venezuela should be regarded as a strong tourism destination and a powerful candidate for next year competition concluded ECTT President. 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 Latin America. SUDAN: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 On 10 July 2013 the taking office proto- col meeting be- tween Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of Euro- pean Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Sudan had taken place. Prof.Dr.Anton Car- agea express his heartfealted con- gratulation on the occasion of begin- ning of mandate of a new Sudanese Ambassador appreciating that trade and tourism are the only tool that will allow Sudan to overcome present day isolation and economic difficulties and stated that the impressive archeological potential of Sudan is a testimony for the future of tourism in this country. European Council on Tourism and Trade as the most impor- tant tourism promoter is playing a his crucial role in this direction and will try to support Sudanese efforts for tour- ism development, concluded Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, Presi- dent of European Council on Tourism and Trade. H.E. Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb expressed his total ap- preciation for the encouragement`s offered by President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that Sudanese ef- forts in tourism development have no greater friend in Europe than European Council on Tourism and Trade and his President-Professor Anton Caragea. The Sudanese ambassador presented afterwards the candi- dature file of Sudanese capital-Khartoum to compete for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD. If we succeed to obtain this prize in 2013 or 2014 it will be a sym- bol of African and Sudan renaissance concluded
  22. 22. 22 PREPARING FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION SELECTION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in 2014 alone, 27 countries had presented their can- didature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD. We present the most outstanding candi- dates SUDAN: A NEW CANDIDATE COUNTRY FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb. Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tour- ism and Trade accepted the candidature file and promised a full and complete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade. President Anton Caragea cautioned that Sudan had many ob- stacles in his road for tourism promotion and acceptance and maybe is not yet fully prepared but event the acceptance of his candidature file is a sign normality that ECTT is glad to offer. 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 On 14 November, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting between President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Cuba had taken place. Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea expressed his amicable fillings and friendly interest towards the recent evolutions in Cuban tour- ism sector. Tourism is consolidating Cuba’s economic develop- ment, is supporting the poverty alleviation programs and cre- ates a platform for a higher standard in the world for Cuba. H.E. Cuban Ambassador Ms. Ileana Hernandez made a presen- tation of the latest achievements in tourism sector and bilat- eral relations: opening new tourism resorts, hotels, adopting a brand promotion strategy, adopting a regional development strategy for different sectors of economy and increasing state support for tourism activities all this are building new bridges of understanding between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Cuba. On this note, Cuban Ambassador present his country candi- 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 appreci- ated that between Euro- pean Council on Tourism and Trade and Cuba are large areas of common interests, designed to forge a good understand- ing between the two or- ganisms. The European Council on Tourism and Trade- Cuban relationship 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- ses of economic, tourism, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future. Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism had express his appreciation for Cuban desire to obtain the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN 2014 and declared that Cuba 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 con- sidered in due time with all the attention. The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dia- logue and fostering the relations between European Coun- cil on Tourism and Trade and Cuba.
  23. 23. 23 PRESIDENTIAL DECISION FOR 2014 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION As the main tourism accolade in the world, in 2014 alone, 27 countries had pre- sented their candida- ture for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINA- TION AWARD. The ECTT President Office decided to convene on 2 and 3 May 2014 the General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade. More than 200 representatives of major regional branches of European Council on Tourism and Trade, major tourism and trade firms and tourism specialized journalist`s will convene in 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 Euro- pean 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 DESTINA- TION for 2014 with 27 countries on the list, from all the conti- nents, 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 tourism- World Capital of Culture and Tourism, analyzing the future of European tourism, electing new countries in the ECTT and electing new members in the European Tourism Acad- emy etc. In concluding the works of European Council on Tourism and Trade the main delegates will be invited for a discovery trip to Danube Delta. Danube Delta it is an unique touristic and natural reserva- tion, an area without similarity in European Union and the world, a wild life and natural sanctuary and the visit of all European delegates to the area will be not only a promo- tion trip, but also a discovery of a natural protected area that every European must at least once in their life to come and visit, stated ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Car- agea.
  24. 24. 24 Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONY FOR ZIMBABWE 2014 WINNER-HARARE
  25. 25. 25 Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION VISIT IN ZIMBABWE WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2014 May-June 2014
  26. 26. 26 Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE FAMILIARIZATION VISIT IN AZERBAIJAN
  27. 27. 27 v Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION VISIT IN QATAR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION VISIT IN UAE
  28. 28. 28 European Tourism Academy is welcoming a new member MR. WALTER MZEMBI Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of ZIMBABWE September 2014—Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will lead an ECTT dele- gation to Danube Delta-World Natural Protected Area September 2014—WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM CERE- MONIES 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 dele- gation in United Arab Emirates for UAE National Day Celebrations December 2014—The General Meeting of ECTT in Bucharest –Palace of Parliament Upcoming Events for European Tourism Industry EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ( E.C.T.T.) 22 Franceza Street Bucharest,Romania 0040213157730 ph 0040213157730 fax office@eucir.com email www.ectt.webs.com

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