Zimbabwe participated at the second edition of the International Women Entrepreneur Indaba in South Africa, where a call was made for the region to continue developing and empowering women in tourism for economic development.

Women in tourism in the region continue to contribute significantly to development and there is need to capacitate them through creating platforms for their businesses and enhance their skills.

Speaking to the ZBC News following the conference in South Africa, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Anastancia Ndlovu said regional countries agreed to partner and form synergies with big tourism players, thereby ensuring that women are included and benefit from the tourism industry.

The conference, which was hosted in the women’s month of August, saw Zimbabwe being nominated to host the 3rd edition of the indaba next year.

Currently, the government is working towards finalising the tourism master plan which will ensure that disadvantaged groups including women, youths and the disabled benefit from tourism projects.