Tourism workers and employers have agreed on an upward salary review for employees in the sector which will see the lowest paid employee getting US$122 per month while the highest paid employee will get US$417 before allowances.

Members of the National Employment Council (NEC) for the tourism sector who met early this week in Harare agreed on a wage deal for workers in the tourism industry.

The tourism sector is divided into three sections – sector 1 is for those is the leisure business mainly hotel employees, sector 1b is for those in the hunting business while sector 2 is mostly for those in conservation, safari and wildlife operations.

The agreement will see lowest paid employees in sector 1 getting US$260 from US$254 per month while the lowest paid in the sector 1b will get a basic salary of US$206 up from US$200.

The lowest paid in the sector 2 will get a basic salary of US$122.

Representative of the employees, Mr Edward Dzapasi said while they would have wanted much higher percentage review across the board, they appreciate the concerns raised by the employers but insisted that they will continue to engage.

No was decision made on allowances with a NEC for the tourism expected to consider recommendations on allowances in August.

Tourism operators have in the past bemoaned the high operational costs and subdued operating environment as the major threats to profitability across the sector.

The sector has been on a steady rebound with total revenue from the sector amounting to US$819 million in 2016 while tourists’ arrivals surged by five percent to US$2.167 million compared to US$2.056 million recorded in 2015.