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RETOSA presents seminar on visa facilitation in Southern Africa

RETOSA presents seminar on visa facilitation in Southern Africa ( In partnership with the World Bank, RETOSA is pleased to invite SADC Member States, tour operators, travel agents, travel media, World Travel Market (WTM) exhibitors, and visitors to the WTM to attend its regional seminar on visa facilitation in Southern Africa.

Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 6, during the 2013 World Travel Market Travel Fair in London, the seminar will bring together representatives of Southern Africa Member States, international experts on visa facilitation, tour operators, travel agents, and airline representatives. The seminar will take place from 1100-1300 hours in South Gallery Room 6.

The aim of the seminar is to share information about visa facilitation programs being undertaken by the Southern Africa tourism sector to enhance seamless travel and opportunities for multi-country travel packages across Southern Africa.


1040-1100: Registration [RETOSA Secretariat/World Bank]

1100-1105: Welcome Remarks and Introduction [Simba Mandinyenya, Acting Executive Director, RETOSA]

1105-1115: Keynote speech 1: Promoting Regional Tourism Integration and Development in Southern Africa through a Common Visa - Building on the Zambia Zimbabwe Experience during the UNWTO General Assembly [Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Tourism and Arts, Zambia (TBC)]

1115- 1130: Keynote speech 2: Tourism: A priority sector for economic development in Africa [Hon. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe/Chair - CAF, UNWTO (TBC)]

1130-1145: Presentation: The significance and economic impact of a Common Regional visa in tourism development - global perspective [UNWTO (TBC)]

1145-1200: Presentation: The KAZA Visa - A common visa for Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area [Eneida Fernandes, Private Sector Development Specialist/Tourism - Africa Region, World Bank]

1200-1215: Presentation: Selling Southern Africa as single but multi-country destination [Kwakye Donkor, Marketing and Communications Director, RETOSA]

1215-1245: Presentation: The impact of a Common Visa and Connectivity for tourism development in Africa - Business perspective [CEO, Kenya Airways (TBC)]

1245-1250: Questions and Answers [Moderator]

1250: Vote of thanks [Sem Shikongo, Chairperson, RETOSA, Board (TBC)]

MEDIA CONTACT: Kwakye, Retosa, Email:

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