Category: Environment & tourism

‘Mat South a potential tourist haven’

Tourism experts say Matabeleland South Province has the potential to become a tourist haven as it is endowed with a number of natural, historic and archaeological sites which require aggressive marketing.The Nsimbi Caves, Garanyemba Mountains, Lumene Falls, Fort Tuli and Rhodes Indaba are some of the tourist sites that one can visit in the province but little is known about them by both locals and visitors. A tourism consultant Mr Thuso Maphala said the tourism sector has the potential to contribute meaningfully to the local economy and development of communities that surround these areas. Improving accessibility to the natural...

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Tourists feel safe in Vic Falls

Tourists in the resort town of Victoria Falls say they feel safe and are enjoying the obtaining peaceful environment in and around the destination, while tour operators say it has been business as usual over the past few days. Zimbabwe’s premier tourists’ destination continues to witness an increase in business spurred by the surge in arrivals following the commissioning of the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport. Tourists from different countries across the globe, who are currently in the resort town, said they feel safe and are happy with the peaceful environment. Tour operators in the resort town said it has been business as usual and are looking forward to record positive figures come the end of the current quarter. Regarded as one of the most hospitable and safest destinations in the world, Victoria Falls recorded on average of 70% room occupancy level during the third quarter of this year. As part of efforts to sustain the current growth momentum, the country is engaging more international airlines to fly into Victoria...

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US lifts trophy import ban

The United States Fish and Wildlife Services has made a recommendation which has seen the uplifting of the ban on the elephant hunting and importation of the trophy to the USA. The announcement was made at the African Wildlife Consultative Forum currently under way in Arusha, Tanzania. The latest development means Americans can now hunt elephants in the country and import into their country elephant trophies up to the year 2018. The move serves as a relief to the Campfire programme, under which several communities were suffering loss of human lives, livestock and property. Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe...

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Zim urged to enhance tourism sector

A cocktail of strategic measures is required to attract more tourists to Zimbabwe thus generating much needed foreign currency. Experts say there is also need to incentivise tourists to spend more by reducing the price of products which are expensive compared with the region. Increased efforts are required to make the Zimbabwean tourism products more attractive to both domestic and foreign tourists if the sector is to attain the $5 billion revenue mark from the current $1 billion. Legislators contend local tourism products are too expensive for the average tourists who choose to take business to Zimbabwe’s neighbours thus...

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KAZA-TFCA members pledges to enhance tourism cooperation

Regional countries under the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) have committed themselves to strengthen cooperation in the tourism sector and harnessing the hospitality sector as a tool for achieving sustainable socio-economic transformation. Heads of mission accredited to Namibia who were on an exclusive Excellency KAZA tour have highlighted the centrality of cooperation and joint tourism marketing campaign under the South-South cooperation in order to derive maximum benefit from the tourism industry. Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Namibia Ambassador Rofina Chikava said Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia should prioritise smooth movement of tourists and joint tourism promotion for the benefit...

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