There are fears that the country’s premier tourists destination, Victoria Falls will run short of accommodation by 2020 with calls for the country to urgently consider the addition of not less 1 500 rooms in the next three years.

This emerged during the ground breaking ceremony of the $13 million Sawanga Shopping Mall held in Victoria Falls today.

The country has to move with speed in addressing the serious room deficit facing the country’s premier tourism destination, Victoria Falls.

Guest of honour at the ground breaking ceremony of the Zimre Property Investment’s Sawanga Shopping Mall, Tourism and Hospitality Minister Cde Priscah Mupfumira said currently the resort town of Victoria Falls is lagging behind other regional destinations in terms of accommodation.

The cabinet minister expressed confidence that the Sawanga Shopping Mall will transform Victoria Falls into a regional tourism hub and inspire other local investors to contribute to the growth of the industry.

Zimre Property Investment representatives are in the meantime bullish that the investment will complement government efforts in transforming the destination.

The Mayor of Victoria Falls resort town, Sifiso Mpofu is upbeat the project will enhance the attractiveness of the destination.

The shopping mall which is named after Chief Sawanga, one of the three sons of Rozvi Changamire is set to be completed by January 2019 and will house banks, restaurants, a medical centre and offices.

Captains of industry, government officials and representatives of the local tourism bodies graced the ground-breaking ceremony.