Tourism industry workers and employers representatives are set to commence the 2019 salaries negotiations with the need to sustain the current rebound of the sector and the current economic reforms being pursued by government set to guide the engagements.

The renewed confidence in the country and the economic reforms by government have been identified as major drivers of the current rebound of the tourism industry.

Apart from the policy reforms and the positive perception, employees in the sector have also contributed to ensuring that the destination remains attractive and most preferred.

After a 5% salary increment across all grades last year, workers are optimistic of a better deal from the 2019 salary negotiations.

A preparatory meeting for the negotiations is scheduled for next week.

Employers Association for Tourism and Safari Operators President, Clement Mukwasi expressed confidence of fruitful engagements which seek to strike the balance on the need to grow the sector and to improve the welfare of the workers.

“We have already started consulting the industry and we are optimistic of a good outcome. The performance of the industry has been encouraging and what is going to guide our negotiations are the economic reforms being pursued by government,” he said.

Tourists traffic into the country continues on an upward trajectory with indications that the 2018 arrivals surpassed the 2.6 million mark, while revenue is projected to reach plus $1 billion.

Capacity utilization for the sector has been averaging around 60% for the greater part of 2018 with most operators recording solid performances.