ZTA kicks out American buyer

HARARE - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has kicked out of the country an American tourism buyer Selina Marasigan on grounds of misunderstanding on her motives.

ZTA chief executive Karikoga Kaseke confirmed the development.

Marasigan was in the country for the just-ended Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel and Tourism Expo.

“We are just screening our buyers and even if you escape the screening and you arrive in this country and we discover that you are here by mistake we will send you back,” Kaseke said.

“We have done that. We have sent one American buyer back because she was not adding value to what we expected.

“Her company was sending around 10 000 tourists per annum but not even a single tourist was coming into Zimbabwe,” said Kaseke, adding that she was driven more by a political agenda rather than harnessing business opportunities availed by Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions.

The ZTA chief emphasised that international buyers were encouraged to move around the country and see the reality on the ground rather than perceptions based on political machinations.

However, Kaseke said that they are targeting to bring 200 international quality buyers next year from the 95 registered this year. He added that they would be targeting various markets with each market bringing in buyers in line with the size of the market.

Kaseke said China, Japan and South Korea were the primary markets in Asia with China expected to bring a large number of buyers of high quality.

Other primary markets include United States, Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa.

“We are looking at those who are already active in selling Africa and those that are not bringing adequate number of tourists to this sub-Saharan region we might not want them to come,” he said.

Kaseke emphasised that they were looking at buyers who can sell in excess of 5 000 tourists each per annum to the southern African region and would use the same criteria in choosing buyers from all over the world.

This year, 95 international buyers and media personnel representing 22 countries from across the globe attended the fair. - Kudzai Chawafambira

Comments (11)

I was not expelled....I explained my side and that under these circumstances, I politely requested to go back home which they (tourist board agreed). This person is cruel, malicious, envious,

Celina - 28 April 2014

Celina del Prado Marasigan of Brisbane California is a notorious FAM-scammer; why did it take her until last month to post a reply to this new-story which is now being SHARED WITH EVERYONE, Celina. No more vacations for your "poor orphan"...what a FRAUD!!

NotCelina - 14 May 2014

is this the same Filipina woman from USA who is always complaining, complaining, complaining no matter where in the world she is hosted for free? What a BITCH!

AfricanTraveler - 17 May 2014

yes, this is same woman who at GERMAN TRAVEL MART some years ago was sent packing home early by US Coordinator; she came down to lobby, started complaining to hotel-front-desk about her room, saying how much business she sends to Germany, and so on...the US Coordinator who was in lobby, heard this woman's screaming, went to her and said "You don't send ANY business to Germany, you were invited because this is your first time, now go to your room and pack your luggage, you are going back to San Francisco on the first available flight." Too bad they paid for her flight to go back to USA!

Laszlo - 20 May 2014

in France 4 years ago, when she was (apparently) pretending to be a meeting planner at the annual French Tourist Board convention industry workshop in Paris, when there was a post-FAM for North American attendees (including those of us from Canada) in Nice, she bragged so much about the fact that she would be returning to Nice "in just 7 weeks" for the French Tourist Board's annual travel agents workshop -- so is she a travel agent or a meeting planner? -- that as soon as the FAM was over the NY Atout France hostess, who had just begun her job in NY, contacted her colleague who handles travel agent FAMs, and promptly canceled Celina's 2nd planned French Riviera vacation in 7 weeks' time. YES, a FRAUD!!!

Quebecois - 28 May 2014

Yes, thanks for sharing...bragging about not paying a $50 (fifty!) airline fee while on a Brazilian FAM 3 years ago was the least of this sick woman's horrendous behavior which got the Miami-based American Airlines representative so mad that she told Celina, "if you complain one more time I will CANCEL your return ticket to San Francisco"...after that it was so nice and quiet without Celina's constant complaining. I heard when she returned home that she got a bill for the fifty dollars! What a stingy bitch...living in a million-dollar home she also bragged about

LosAngeleno - 28 May 2014

this story goes back longer, about 10 years ago, when at a hotel in Garda, Italy, for a workshop that later moved to Rimini, this married woman's sexual noise-making from her hotel-room (with whatever man was stupid enough to have sex with her) was such an embarrassment to hear. Other US agents said she has "open marriage" with a younger man. Which IDIOT is married to this whore who pretends to be so Catholic? She is a disgrace to Catholics, especially Filipinos who are wonderful people. Ciao

Cora - 19 June 2014

want to read this woman's latest piece of fiction? see www.3baysover.com/public/celina.del_prado_marasigan Her sense of superiority that her mother was European (only her father was Filipino). She only says she married a military officer -- not mentioning he was American --- and not mentioning her current husband, although everyone knows they are in an "open marriage". Just read the comment about about her whoring while on of her many free trips in Italy. Contrast that to all the Catholic-ness she portrays. What is she up to these days? Or has her con-game blacklisted her? Anyone out there have any update?

LosAngenelo - 5 July 2016

as a vacationer myself, I can tell you Celina has been blacklisted enough that she is not seen around these days

Barbara - 21 December 2016

no more news about this whore

LosAngenelo - 15 April 2017

In the last year since the last post, I haven't heard from this woman. She is a basket case, crazy, crooked and an ego case. Celina, this is your buddy Freddy from Brazil. Where are you, bitch?

FreddyRio - 8 April 2018

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