The government has launched the National Tourism Strategy consultative workshop amid calls for the inclusion of women, youths and the disabled for poverty alleviation.

The workshop provided a platform for the convergence of tourism players where they brainstorm on solutions to transform the sector plagued by bad perception and untenable operation costs for the past 18 years.

Speaking at the launch, Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga said government is committed to growing the economy through the lucrative tourism sector and to make Zimbabwe the destination of choice.

He added that as a way of improving access to Zimbabwe, government is through the Home Affairs Ministry, tackling the issuance of instant Visas at all ports of entry and come up with a raft of measures to ensure ease of doing business.

Domestic tourism remains suppressed owing to the economic challenges affecting the country.

Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Cde Priscah Mupfumira said her ministry’s 100 day plan seeks to rope in the input of stakeholders in the industry to enable the country to catch up on the lost time .

The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa,  ZTA Chief Executive Karikoga Kaseke, captains of industry and tourism sector players were in attendance.

A litany of challenges was affecting tourism growth and players in the sector are hopeful that the thrust of inclusive engagement ushered by the new administration will ensure their concerns are addressed so that the sector becomes vibrant once more.

The national tourism sector consultative workshop ran under the theme, “Unlocking the Development Potential of the Tourism Economy”.