Category: Environment & tourism

Photographic safaris record 40% increase

Business has increased by 40 percent in the photographic safaris over the last two years with indications that bookings for the remaining half of the year will see a further increase in tourist arrivals. Non-consumptive tourism in the Hwange and Gwayi conservancies is picking up despite the negative publicity initiated by the former white owners. The tourists mainly consist of self-drives from South Africa with a few coming from overseas markets. However, the players are now in urgent need of capital from financial institutions to rehabilitate the poor road network which was effected by the heavy rains earlier this year as well as renovate the current infrastructure to international standards, says the chairperson of the Hwange-Gwayi-Dete Conservancy and Tourism Association, Mr Langton Masunda. “The bookings are good viz-a-viz the infrastructure that we have at the moment, it all boils down to the availability of funding so that we are able to put our infrastructure to world class standards, because we are not only in competition amongst ourselves but we are in competition with other regional destinations. So the more the funding is made available the more we are able to compete with our counterparts in the region that is Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa,” he said. The association has been having representatives attending tourism and travel fairs in the region and beyond to promote travel to the destination....

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Zim to host inaugural African Youth in Tourism conference

Zimbabwe is set to host the first ever African Youth in Tourism conference at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo from the 6th to the 9th of September this year. The conference which aims at promoting continental integration and a single destination vision among youths in Africa will also actively involve youths in the development of tourism across Africa. Issues to do with youth empowerment have taken centre stage on African arena as the continent forges ahead with the agenda for socio-economic upliftment of the people of Africa. The continent has also adopted the theme of how to best to take advantage of the youth dividend where the majority of the population in Africa is under the age of 40 for economic development. Tourism contributes to economic development where it constitutes 10 percent of the gross domestic product. In an address at a news conference at the Zanu PF party Headquarters, patron of the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism, Mrs Auxilia Mnangagwa highlighted the importance of the Youth in Tourism conference and the issues which include propagating the concept of continental integration, the spirit of communal harmony and exhibiting their cultural prowess. Participants in the Youth in Tourism conference will include diplomatic missions, NGOs, universities, tourism players, children’s organisations, banks and ICT...

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‘US$5bn tourism industry for Vic Falls feasible’

The government says a US$5 billion tourism industry for Victoria Falls alone remains feasible on the back of the recent boom in the tourism sector and has called upon the tourism players to invest more in upgrading the facilities in order to meet the growing demand. The Zambezi River god, the Nyaminyami continues to smile on Victoria Falls with most operators acknowledging a significant change of fortunes. The government has also expressed satisfaction with the recent surge in business driven by a surge in arrivals and increase in airlines flying into the destination. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Dr...

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UNWTO legacy project set for commissioning

The Victoria Falls United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Legacy Project is set for commissioning end of July with expectations that the refurbished Chinotimba Community Swimming Pool will go a long way in promoting the water sport and identification of international swimming stars. The project which is being implemented by the UNWTO, the Victoria Falls Municipality, the Victoria Falls Legacy Projects Trust and the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry is nearing completion with the contractor working on the few remaining works. Victoria Falls UNWTO Legacy Project chairperson Olga Mutamba says all is on course for the commissioning of...

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Govt preparedness to disaster critical: Minister

The government says strengthening institutional capacity for disaster preparedness and response is critical in light of the natural emergencies the region and the country has suffered, particularly this year. The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, who was addressing staffers at the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) strategic meeting, underscored the need for more efforts to be put in place in the strengthening of multi-sectoral national platforms for coordinated action on disaster risk reduction. EMA Board Chairperson, Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi said problems such as allocating stands in wetlands, non-collection of refuse and illegal discharge of untreated effluent such as raw sewage into the environment continue to hog the limelight. EMA is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, among other...

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