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

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TRADE PRESS OFFICE

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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
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

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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:
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.

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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 ZI MBABWE -
F AVOR I T E C UL -
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.


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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.
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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-
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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
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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

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.
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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



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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-
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-
ma n i t y , o f
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:
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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-
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.



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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
resettl ement
and agro in-
dustrial man-
agement pro-
vided him with
e x t e n s i v e
k n o wl e d g e
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.
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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 rec-
ogni t i on
o f h i s
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.

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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 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.

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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 Nat i onal
Museums and
Monuments has
recorded over 2
0 0 0 k n o w n
pai nted 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
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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 i nto the I ndi an
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.
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WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014
Enjoying life in Tourism based community.
Supporti ng 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.
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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 par t i es
had appreci-
ated that be-
tween Euro-
pean Council
on T our i s m
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.


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Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE
WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD
CEREMONY FOR
ZIMBABWE
2014 WINNER-HARARE
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Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE
DELEGATION VISIT IN ZIMBABWE
WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2014
May-June 2014
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Photo montage by Nicolae Nicolae
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE
FAMILIARIZATION VISIT IN AZERBAIJAN
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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
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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
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