Category: Environment & tourism

Vic Falls Municipality consults for 2019 budget

Victoria Falls Municipality which is eyeing a city status has commenced the 2019 budget consultations aimed at soliciting for ratepayers input into the crafting of the budget with calls for the local authority to prioritise all outstanding capital projects, in particular water and sanitation programmes. The Municipality kicked off the 2019 budget consultations with a meeting attended by the business community, mostly tourism operators from the resort town. The need to spruce up existing infrastructure in line with the much-anticipated city status and the continued influx of tourists visiting the destination dominated the budget consultation discussions. The business community...

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Youths in tourism appeal for govt assistance

Youths in tourism are looking forward to working with the government in harnessing the industry’s full potential. Youths are raising issues such as limited access to start-up investment capital, unavailability of work space and equipment, lack of marketing skills and market information as principal concern affecting the development of tourism facilities owned by young people. The youths hope the second republic will look into these challenges and start working with them soon. “We as the youth in tourism are facing challenges in terms of securing money from banks due to lack of collateral. We hope the government will engage...

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Zimparks eyes increased revenue

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is targeting to improve its financial performance with the introduction of new innovative packages in Victoria Falls that will see among other things the extension of the rainforest’s viewing hours to 22:00 hrs every day. International and domestic tourists visiting Victoria Falls will now have the pleasure of viewing the legendary and majestic Victoria Falls up until 10.pm as part of the innovative tourism packages announced by Zimparks. The state-owned-enterprise is eying maximising the shareholder value and generating more revenue through a number of new tourism packages which include bush dinners,...

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Africa Youth in Tourism Conference launches debate policy

The Africa Youth in Tourism Conference has launched a National Tourism Debate Policy which shall see young people interfacing on issues around the industry at an early stage as the organisation continues to make strides in increasing youth participation in the tourism sector. The policy to be adopted by member countries is meant to ensure that the youths’ interest in tourism begins at an early age through participation in school discussions and public speaking on tourism issues. A tourism expert who is a lecturer at Manicaland State University Mr Vitalis Bhasera said the time for action is now as...

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Calls to support cultural tourism

Some players in the cultural tourism industry have called upon the government to support their sector as part of enhancing the tourism sector. Players in the cultural tourism industry have called on the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality to assist their sector by making available to them land, funds and cultural exhibition centres. Director of Dzimbanhete Arts Centre Chikonzero Chazunguza said the sector remains marginalised in terms of budget allocation and national recognition yet it plays a significant role in preserving and marketing the country’s cultural identity. “Cultural tourism is one of the most undervalued income generating resort in...

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