travel advisories warning their citizens against visiting
European Union promising to do the same in the next week or so, a Cabinet
minister has said.
The Commonwealth joins
lifted their travel warnings.
Addressing the International Business Meeting at the ongoing
International Trade Fair in
Industry Minister Walter Mzembi said
that it had lifted travel warnings.
"Allow me to announce that
warnings they had imposed on their citizenry.
"The EU has promised that it will do the same in the next one-and-a half
weeks. So there is no need for anyone to claim that we have failed to do
business because tourists are banned from visiting this country.
seeing a flooding of our resorts by tourists from these countries," Minister
He said once the EU lifts travel warnings, that would signal the end of
travel warning regimes that have severely affected tourist arrivals in
particular, and business in general, since citizens of those countries
adhere to the their government warnings.
"There will be no more excuses because we are now a safe destination and
anyone can come. I have received more than 25 letters from countries that
are working on removing travel warnings in the EU and elsewhere," he said.
Minister Mzembi said he would, next week, lead a delegation to
negotiate with that country's football bosses to have the Samba Boys, as the
Brazilian national team is affectionately known, camp and train in
ahead of the 2010 World Cup soccer finals in
"I am leading a delegation to
convince the Brazilians to camp here first before going into
for their matches.
"When we were fighting politically, other countries were moving in and
clinching deals with teams that qualified for the soccer finals, so we now
have to move fast and put ourselves in better deals," he said.
Minister Mzembi challenged the banking sector to ensure that plastic money
is made available so that tourists do not have to carry with them huge sums
of cash. "We urgently need to sort out our use of cash. No tourist would
want to have a lot of cash while travelling to several places in the
country," he said.herald