THE traditional meal cook-out competition being spearheaded by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her Angel of Hope Foundation bodes well for the growth of community-based tourism and fostering unity in Zimbabwe, an expert in tourism and hospitality has said.
Speaking during the competition at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic here yesterday, Secretary for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Munesushe Munodawafa described the First Lady as visionary in spearheading the programme.
“Some people may not know that this programme did not start this year. It started in 2019 when the First Lady came up with the idea. Since the start of the programme, I remember it was started in the culture week which coincided with Africa Day celebrations. Sadly, last year we did not manage to hold the event owing to the lockdown caused by Covid-19.
“I want to thank the First Lady that once the time was ripe, she led us again to move with this programme. In the hospitality industry we have hotels and that is where cooking skills are taught among other things. We thank her greatly for reviving the traditional dishes,” he said.
Mr Munodawafa said community-based tourism was critical in turning around the fortunes of the tourism industry which had been affected by Covid-19 which continues to wreak havoc across the globe…