The government is mooting offering incentives for international flight carriers such as free landing rights among others to lure them back onto the Zimbabwean route and boost the country’s tourism industry.
The proposed incentives by Treasury are meant to restore the viability of the country’s aviation sector which at its peak in the 1990s enjoyed 42 international flights that included 20 cargo planes.
According to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development there is strong consideration to forward this proposal to cabinet for the 2018 national budget.
The incentives to international careers is expected help bring back the international flights that stopped flying into the country and attract new players.
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa made the reassuring statement while officially opening the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo yesterday night.
Along with these improvements, government is also looking at reviewing the current visa regulations for visitors from the Asian market as it seeks to enhance Zimbabwe’s market share from this region.
The potential of the tourism sector as a quick win investment remains largely untapped as budget allocation to the industry has remained low for over a decade.
Treasury however says this will soon change, as it looks at improving the budgetary allocations to enable the industry to participate at various trade platforms.