One of the country’s leading tour operators is set to inject US$5 million towards the construction of a 500-bed lodge in Jafuta area near the Victoria Falls International Airport in line with government call for operators to invest in new facilities in order to meet the fast growing demand for more rooms.

The project involves construction of a lodge with a capacity of 500 beds and related facilities on a piece of land measuring 3 000 hectares.

Shearwater Group public relations manager, Mr Clement Mukwasi said the firm has already secured land for the development of the lodges in Jafuta, close to the Victoria Falls International Airport adding that designing and environmental impact assessment work is currently in progress.

The firm which is implementing an ambitious five year plan has also announced that it has completed the second and final phase of the Victoria Falls explorers’ village expansion project which has seen the addition of 48 rooms to the 32 rooms which were commissioned last year.

The increased arrivals have raised fears that the destination might face a serious room deficit.

Currently Victoria Falls has 8 hotels and 45 lodges with a combined capacity of plus or minus 3 800 beds.

Government has appealed to players to spruce up existing facilities and to expand their products in order to cope with the demand.