Tourism experts say Matabeleland South Province has the potential to become a tourist haven as it is endowed with a number of natural, historic and archaeological sites which require aggressive marketing.The Nsimbi Caves, Garanyemba Mountains, Lumene Falls, Fort Tuli and Rhodes Indaba are some of the tourist sites that one can visit in the province but little is known about them by both locals and visitors.
A tourism consultant Mr Thuso Maphala said the tourism sector has the potential to contribute meaningfully to the local economy and development of communities that surround these areas.
Improving accessibility to the natural and historical sites is the first step that local authorities and other stakeholders should take in order to attract tourist traffic to the places of interest.
Another tourism expert Mr Raymond Mahuba who has managed to convince Rovos Rail to make a one day stop-over in Gwanda starting next year said more needs to be done to market the province’s tourist attractions.
The growth of the tourism industry will also have downstream benefits to the hospitality sector which is currently struggling noted a local hotelier Mr Misheck Ndlovu.
Apart from the Matopo National Park which attracts hordes of tourists every year, the Tuli Circle hosts hundreds of cyclists participating in the annual Tour de Tuli expedition.
The province also boasts of the Sentinel Ranch in Beitbridge which is home to fossilised remains and foot prints of a dinosaurs.