Category: Environment & tourism

Elephant Man arrives in Zim

Close to two months after launching the 4 200 kilometres walk from Kenya to South Africa dubbed East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk, Kenyan man Jim Nyamu has arrived in Zimbabwe on his mission to raise awareness about elephant conservation. Nyamu who is now known as the Elephant Man has made headlines globally for his ivory belongs to elephants campaign walk. Driven by the desire to end the depletion of the African elephant population due to poaching the trained research scientist from Kenya, Nyamu decided to embark on a gruelling walk from Kenya to South Africa. The East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk will see the elephant man passing through six regional countries preaching the gospel of anti-poaching.  After spending 30 days in Zambia as part of his East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk, Kenyan ‘Elephant Man’ Nyamu arrived at the Victoria Falls border post this morning accompanied by the Zambian team of conservationists and Livingstone Mayor Mr Eugene Mapuwo. “We are confident that the walk will bring about the desired results, that it will motivate us all to work towards conserving the wildlife heritage,” said Mr Mapuwo. A handover ceremony was done at the port of entry with the symbolic handing over of the national flag to the activist to mark the start of his campaign in Zimbabwe. Nyamu highlighted his journey so far as adventurous and tough and called on the need for...

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River bank cultivation a cause for concern

The Environment Management Agency (EMA) says it highly concerned by river bank cultivation which is depleting water sources that are critical for human use and the ecosystem. EMA said the rate at which urban farmers are cultivating along rivers banks in Harare is alarming threatening the existence of rivers through siltation. In an interview with the ZBC News in Harare, EMA public relations official Mr Rambwayi Mapako said the long arm of the law is going to take its course on those found cultivating on river banks. “Some fertilisers are dangerous and harmful when they dissolve in the water...

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Exploit Chinese tourism market, Africa urged

Zimbabwe and Africa have been urged to exploit the Chinese tourism market, a development that could be a game changer in the economies within the SADC region. Unpacking the Chinese tourism market, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) CEO, Dr Karikoga Kaseke explained that Zimbabwe and Africa especially the SADC region can capitalise on the good relations they have with China to facilitate the growth of the tourism economy. He said currently, China, whose gross domestic product (GDP) stands at $10 trillion and with over 1.3 billion people, has an outbound tourist population of 140 million per year which is expected...

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Govt committed to improving tourism sector operations

The open skies policy and continued investment in hotels and lodges make part of the government’s broader strategy to promote the tourism sector which is a big factor in the national economy as a foreign currency earner. Officially opening the 11th edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Expo in Bulawayo, Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga said apart from injecting $15 million for the Tourism Investment Fund, government has agreed to allow other international flights into the country to ensure that the destination is accessible. He said a raft of measures being put in place including investments in...

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Sanganai to cash in on public holiday

The Bulawayo community will this year be a part of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Expo as the 8th of this month has been designated a public day. Unlike last year where the local community was never officially invited to be a part of the tourism expo, this time around the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has announced that the 8th of September will be a public day where the community of Bulawayo and the region will be allowed to come into the ZITF grounds the venue for this year’s expo. In an interview with the ZBC News,  the Executive Director National Conventions Bureau, Mrs Tesa Chikaponya said expectations are that the Bulawayo community will come in their numbers on the public day to sample the country’s hospitality and interact with international buyers and other players in the industry. 325 companies are participating, 77 of which are foreign participants, with South Africa having the largest contingent with 25 exhibitors. “Sanganai is for the people and we want the Bulawayo community to come in their numbers so that they sample the country’s hospitality as you know that without people there is no tourism. They must also taste the local dishes and be inspired to be a part of domestic tourism,” she said. Exhibitors who were sprucing up their stands said they are happy to be a part of this year’s...

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