zim wildlife.jpgGovernments whose economies are driven by tourism have been called upon to harmonise their insurance policies to cater for unforeseen natural disasters.

The proposal by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is being done amid concern from tourism stakeholders that the absence of insurance facilities to protect tourists against natural disasters is likely to depress tourist arrivals in some countries.

In an interview with ZBC News, Zimbabwe’s representative in the UNWTO executive council, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Cde Walter Mzembi said the issue was stressed after it was realised that most holiday insurances specify that they do not cover natural disasters, violence or terrorist induced accidents.

Zimbabwe, however, rarely experiences natural disasters and is highly rated by the International World Habitat Organisation as the best habitable country.

Cde Mzembi said an aggressive marketing strategy should thus be adopted.

Japan was recently hit by a strong earthquake which triggered a tsunami, while Egypt was rocked by civil unrest.

In solidarity with those countries, the UNWTO declared that Egypt will host this year’s World Tourism Day.