Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Ph.D.,Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and Hospitality

The Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Ph.D., has been the current Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry for the Republic of Zimbanwe since 2009. He has also been a member of Parliament for the Masvingo South Constituency since 2004 and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Commission for Africa Chairperson from 2013 to date.

His experience in the world of tourism includes such international positions as Chairman of the Southern Africa Development Community Committee of Tourism Ministers in 2015, UNWTO Executive Council Member from 2009 to 2013, UNWTO Co-President in Session 20 of the General Assembly from 2013-2015, as well as President of the Africa Travel Association (New York-based) 3 times.

Global honors:

l African Tourism Minister of the Year (2011): African Investor Tourism Investment


– Africa Leadership Awards (2012), Mauritius

– Brand Leadership Award (2012)

– Mark of Excellence Award (2012)

– Africa Leadership and Inspiration Award (2012)

l TouchRoad Sino – Africa Investment Excellence Awards (2011), Shanghai, China

l Africa Travel Association-Outstanding Service to the Association (2012), USA

l Special Recognition for Excellence Award: African Achievers Awards (2012), Nairobi,


l Africa Travel Association Presidency Appreciation Award (2012-2014), USA

Additionally, he has received recognition in the domestic arena as well:

l Public Service Manager of the Year (2011), Zimbabwe Institute of Management

l Tourism Personality of the Year (2011), Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe

l Tourism Personality of the Year (2012), Zimbabwe Council for Tourism

l Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Zimbabwe (2012), Zimbabwe Farmers Union

l Most Consumer Focused Executive-Service Excellence Awards (2014), Customer Contact


l Tourism Image Builder of the Year (2014), Megafest Tourism Awards

l Exceptional Contribution to Marketing (2015), Marketers Association of Zimbabwe

l Customer Service Executive of the Year-Service Excellence in the Public Sector (2015),

Marketers Association of Zimbabwe

-Registered Professional Engineer with the Zimbabwe Engineering Council

-Member of both the Zimbabwe and Zambia Institute of Engineers.

-Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers