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Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2022
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has officially unveiled Business Executive Winnie Muchanyuka as Substantive Chief Executive Officer.
She replaces Karikoga Kaseke who resigned last year due to ill-health. She takes over from Givemore Chidzidzi who has been acting CEO.
In a media release Wednesday, ZTA Head Corporate Affairs Godfrey ‘Chief’ Koti described Muchanyuka as a tourism guru.
Announcing the appointment, ZTA board chairman Raynold Mawerera commended Chidzidzi for holding forte during the period in which he was acting CEO.
Mawerera commended Chidzidzi for championing ZTA’s launch of ZimBho domestic tourism campaign and the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) initiative.
Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu hailed the appointment of Muchanyuka as a step in the right direction.
The appointment of Winnie Muchanyuka to the ZTA as CEO is apt in that she is not a stranger to the tourism industry. The industry awaited such an appointment with comfort.
There are high hopes for tourism amid clear signs of recovery in the sector. Statistically, the first quarter of 2022 has been quite promising and there is a need to maintain that trajectory.
Tourism inflows increased by 100 percent to register US$214 million this quarter. As we are opening up the sector, the tourism industry should grow bigger and bigger. ZTA is the critical bridge between the private sector and policymaking.
Despite the fact that tourism struggled under COVID-19, there is hope for it to grow bigger. The US$5 billion tourism sector target is achievable if they work together collectively.
They seek to review the targets only upwards. Tourism is the face of the country, the key voice of our country. The ZTA and the tourism sector should forge close ties with the media.
Ndlovu said he was going to announce new members of the ZTA Board on Wednesday next week.
On her part, Winnie, as she is affectionately known in the industry, accepted the appointment with joy adding that she was happy to ride on the success of her predecessors.
The ZTA Team has done and continues to do tremendous work towards growing the tourism industry. She pledges her support to the mandate given to me by the Principal, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu, the tourism minister and the US$5 billion tourism target he alluded to is not changing.
Zimbabwe needs to achieve a middle-income economy by 2030 and tourism plays a key role in achieving that goal.
Muchanyuka said that she looks forwards to a close partnership with the media in telling the good story of this country. She is excited to be starting on this journey.
Muchanyuka brings a wealth of experience to the ZTA. She was on the board of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe and the Chinhoyi University School of Tourism.
She has vast experience in the aviation industry with a stint as an air hostess for Air Zimbabwe and Swiss Air.
She also worked as an executive for the South African Airways.