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Recognition for tourism personalities

Staff Writer

ZIMBABWE’S top tourism personalities will be recognised at this year’s Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) congress to be held in Nyanga at the end of this month.

A spokesperson for Haz this week said a number of well-known personalities would be honoured for their contribution to the growth of the hospitality and tourism sector.

“The awards are designed to provide recognition for excellence and effort and to encourage players in the industry and the association to work on improving their services,” said Haz administrator Violet Rukande.

A total of five awards are on offer. These are the Haz Hospitality Award, the Creewel Plate Award, the David Geddes Award, the Eric Chademana Award and the Charles Bvunzawabaya Award.

The Haz Hospitality Award is the industry’s most prestigious prize given to an individual who has served the sector well. The last recipient of this award is Rukande.

The other awards are named after former Haz members and are given to different categories of members. The Creewel Plate Award is given to a person who has excelled in their own operation while the David Geddes Award is reserved for young professionals in the hospitality industry.

The Eric Chademana Award is given to an outstanding small to medium-scale operator whose operations would have defied the odds. The final award is given to the most outstanding female operator.

Rukande said this year’s congress was special because it falls in the same year when the association celebrates 60 years of existence.

“We are planning separate celebrations later in the year for our diamond jubilee anniversary,” she said. The theme for this year’s congress is “Celebrating 60 Years of Hospitality”.

Speakers include the Minister of Environment and Tourism Francis Nhema, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority commissioner general Gershom Pasi.

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