The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism, Hospitality Industry and Environment have resolved to work together to guarantee a hustle free and secure atmosphere for tourism to thrive.
Government has moved to reduce impediments to a viable tourism industry while guaranteeing security through the collaboration of these two ministries.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting convened by the two ministries in conjunction with the Office of the President and Cabinet, Home Affairs Minister Dr Obert Mpofu said such an engagement has been long overdue with mixed signals from government confusing the public and even tourists.
“Yes there could be issues of improprieties but we can’t punish tourists, we need to improve our systems,” he said.
Tourism, Hospitality Industry and Environment Minister Cde Edgar Mbwembwe said enablers such as the immigration department, aviation sector and the security sector will play a key role for the nation to reach the $5 billion revenue mark from the current $1 billion industry.
“We’re looking at tourism enablers, issue to with roadblocks immigration if they are not looked at properly they can be a stumbling block to tourism. We are now looking at various synergies that we need to achieve,” said Cde Mbwembwe.
According to a 2015/16 international visitor survey over 90 percent of tourists would want to visit Zimbabwe again, although some tourists expressed concern over harassment at roadblocks, immigration delays, high prices in the local destination and the poor state of roads among others.