elephants.jpgStakeholders in the tourism sector have called for the opening up of the sector so that more indigenous people get more involved.

 

Since the attainment of independence in 1980, the tourism industry has grown tremendously with some indigenous business people making inroads into this sector which was once a preserve of the elite.

 

Over the years, tourism has become one of the best performing sectors doing better than even mining and agriculture.

 

The major strength of the tourism industry has been its vast natural resources and wild life.

 

Despite some indigenous people’s involvement in this sector, more still needs to be done and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Operating Officer Mr Givemore Chidzidzi says indigenous business people should take an interest in investing in the sector.

One indigenous tourism player who has managed to break into the industry Mr. Jonathan Kadzura said the number of people who have had an opportunity to invest in the sector is still limited hence the need for government to put in place incentives for prospective investors. 

At its peak in 1997, the tourism industry attracted 2.5 million visitors annually and hopes are high that it will contribute at least 15% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product next year.