Shearwater Tour and Adventure Company has announced plans to inject $35 million in construction of hospitality facilities in major tourist destinations across the country taking advantage of the fast improving investment climate under the new political dispensation.
This emerged during the commissioning of the $4 million Shearwater Explorers Village phase one project in Victoria Falls which was graced by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Cde Priscah Mupfumira.
The hospitality group which has investments in Victoria Falls has maintained its confidence in Zimbabwean market with the planned injection of $35 million towards construction of lodges in destinations such as Matopos, Hwange, Kariba, Harare and Great Zimbabwe.
Shearwater Adventures chairman Michael Davis said the new political dispensation has created a conducive environment for business which the firm is eager to take full advantage of through the implementation of an ambitious expansion plan.
“Never has there been such energy in Victoria Falls you can feel positive vibrations. Shearwater is happy to announce that it will be building a lodge circuit around Zimbabwe,” he said.
Minister Mupfumira who commissioned the $4 million Shearwater Explorers Village facility said increased investment in the tourism sector is testimony of the confidence in the new dispensation.
“From the briefing l got Shearwater is not yet done. I am impressed by the major future investments lined up already,” said Minister Mupfumira.
The facility has 60 camping tents and 32 chalets which can accommodate up to 200 people.
In a speech read of his behalf, Victoria Falls Mayor Sifiso Mpofu said the investments by Shearwater as well as interests by international investors will transform the town into a competitive tourism destination.
“The project complements other development projects being implemented here in Victoria Falls which will certainly make this destination a competitive tourism destination,” he said.
The official opening of the Shearwater Explorers Village was graced by captains of industry, government officials, representatives of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe and other dignitaries.