Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sports news at 20 past the hour

It amazes me on Google headline searches that Zimbabwe has so many SPORTS links...

So we should not wonder to see that the priority is this:

The Environment and Tourism Ministry of Zimbabwe has set up a steering committee to spearhead the country's tourism promotion ahead of the 2010 World Cup soccer extravaganza to be hosted by neighboring South Africa, a local media the Herald reported on Tuesday...

The government is doing its part to ensure that all goes according to plan with private sector participation expected to go a long way in capitalizing on South Africa's hosting of the World Cup.

Zimbabwe is expected to gain significant mileage from the month-long soccer showcase in terms of tourism revenue and employment creation.

To this end, the world's biggest soccer showcase is set to boost Southern Africa's economies and open up new prospects for business and tourism.

It is also anticipated that direct foreign investment will increase and earn Zimbabwe the much-needed foreign currency.

Tourism is one of the country's biggest foreign currency earners and has the potential to do even better given Zimbabwe's unequalled natural endowments such as teeming wildlife, the majestic Victoria Falls, the heart-stopping beauty of the Eastern Highlands and man-made historical monuments such as the Great Zimbabwe, among others.

It is anticipated that if Zimbabwe wins its bid to host the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, the country would have scored a major coup as this will open the doors to a flood of soccer enthusiasts and talent scouts.

Tourism accounts for about 6.5 percent of Zimbabwe's Gross Domestic Product.

And then there is this: LINK

Lene Reihnsteiffel, call your office, Mugabe wants you to film his glorious sports teams

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