The dualisation of the Beitbridge – Harare – Chirundu highway is set to improve transit tourism in the country as more people going to other parts of Africa will now be using the route.
The improve transit tourism is expected not only along the busy highway but in other areas like Mudzi where tourists going to Malawi, Mozambique and other parts of Africa will now be using the Harare – Nyamapanda highway.
Mr Douglas Mrewa, a tourism player in Mudzi, believes that the number of transit tourists is set to improve as people travelling between South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique, who were flying due to the bad state of the Harare-Beitbridge highway will now revert back to using roads.
“The Harare – Nyamapanda highway is one of the easy access roads for people travelling from South Africa to some parts of Mozambique and Malawi, with most of the travellers making stop-overs along the way. So we expect to benefit immensely from the dualisation of Zimbabwe’s busiest road,” said Mr Mrewa.
He said there is also need to de-mystify the myth that tourism is for the elite and improve marketing of domestic tourism.
The highway dualisation programme was officially commissioned by President Robert Mugabe last month, paving way for the start of the massive project.