Zim Carnival on track

Harare – International interest in Zimbabwe’s first ever tourism and cultural carnival is growing, with Brazil coming into to assist in organisation of the May 21-26 extravaganza.
The carnival is the marquee event leading to the 2013 UN World Tourism Organisation General Assembly that Zambia and Zimbabwe are co-hosting.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority spokesperson Sugar Chagonda said they had approached Brazil for assistance as it had experience in hosting such events, in particular its world renowned annual Rio Carnival.
Registration for participants is still on for the event that has been themed “Celebrating our Diversity”.
“The idea behind a carnival is to take a multi-sectoral approach towards marketing Zimbabwe as a safe and attractive tourism destination, complimenting other existing marketing efforts.
“The platform should be used by all Zimbabweans who feel they have a call in the arts and upcoming artists should take this platform to market them to the international world.
“From singers, poets, dance groups and even the Mr Uglies (a popular Zimbabwean show to find the “ugliest” male model) everyone is welcome and artists and other businesses should pounce on the opportunity to get international exposure, “Chagonda said.
The carnival coincides with Africa Day (May 25).
“Beyond inviting tourism players from other nations we have invited organisers of the Africa Day celebrations so that we give the event a unique African spirit in celebrating our cultural, social, economic diversity,” Chagonda explained.

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