Category: Environment & tourism

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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Sanganai excitement felt in Vic Falls

Over 100 tourism buyers and journalists have so far visited the country’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls ahead of the 2018 Sanganai/Hlanganani tourism expo with most of them expressing optimism about the growth prospects of the local travel and tourism industry. Zimbabwe’s economic reforms, re-engagement drive and current efforts in boosting inbound tourist arrivals have received a thumbs up from the tourism buyers who are in the country for the 11the edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Expo set for the 5th to the 8th of September in Bulawayo. A total of six groups from different source...

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Zim to donate 10 white rhinos to DRC

Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is set to donate a total of 10 white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to enhance the rhino regional conservation programme. The translocation of the 10 white rhinos which is being done in accordance with local and international wildlife translocation protocols in particular the African Rhino Conservation Plan is meant to among other things expand the regional rhino range area. Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo highlighted that the country is proud to have recorded successes in rhino conservation, adding that the donation is a...

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