Building on the success of this year’s event the largest route development forum for the entire African region will take place on 22-24 June 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the 8th Routes Africa event which took place 7-9 July in Kampala, Uganda, Munesu Munodawafa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Zimbabwe commented: “As a country, Zimbabwe is excited to have been granted the opportunity to host the prestigious Routes Africa forum in the year 2014. Befittingly, we will host the event at the resort town of Victoria Falls, the home of the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The hosting of this event fits in well with the country's strategic thrust to economically advance through, among other initiatives, tourism development and the transformation of the country into a regional world class transport and communications hub. We take this opportunity to thank the Routes team for their confidence in Zimbabwe and we promise delegates a fruitful and memorable event in 2014. We look forward to welcoming delegates from Africa and the World at large.”
Victoria Falls, which is a major resort town easily accessible by air, road and rail, lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. For centuries, known and deemed sacred by the local Tonga people, as Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders); this Natural World Wonder is shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia. The falls are Zimbabwe’s prime tourist attraction and are known for their splendor throughout the world whilst the town of Victoria Falls is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and the Victoria Falls Green belt.
Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), situated 21km south of the town, provides easy access to Victoria Falls and is currently served by scheduled domestic and regional flights and charter flights from various parts of the world. Within the region VFA is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Nairobi and locally from Harare. VFA is currently implementing a major infrastructure upgrading project at a total cost of $150 million USD including construction of a new runway, international terminal building and control tower and is expected to be completed by December 2014.