|Players call for uni-visa system|
|Friday, 08 June 2012 14:24|
Players in the tourism industry have called on the speed implementation of the Uni-Visa system by all SADC countries which they say will facilitate movement of international tourists into the region as Zimbabwe and Zambia prepares to host the UNWTO General Assembly in 2013.
SADC countries are working on creating a Free Trade Area among member states in what is expected to open up borders and allow free movement of tourists and investors within the region.
The Uni-visa initiative is expected to result in an upsurge in investments and tourist arrivals as the destinations will be more accessible and affordable.
A local tourism player, Ms Zodwa Mutunzi said African governments should unite and work together with speed to ensure barriers and bottlenecks hindering regional tourism.
Zimbabwe Safaris Operators President, Mr Emmanuel Fundira said as the country prepares to host the UNWTO General Assembly next year, a single VISA for SADC can create positive economic benefits in terms of job creation, fiscal revenue and growth in national GDP.
The SADC Uni-visa system will considerably improve and ease travel and flow of visitors within the region thereby increasing the market share and revenue of the region in world tourism.