Lack of adequate infrastructure continues to hamper Victoria Falls’ quest to promote sport tourism with calls rising that the private sector and the municipality must prioritise investment in relevant world-class sport facilities.
The country’s premier tourist destination has the potential to be a major sport tourism destination.
However, absence of relevant sporting facilities has seen the town losing out in potential revenue from sport tourism.
Participants at the inaugural Shearwater Easter Soccer Tournament raised concern over lack of adequate sporting facilities in the resort destination.
The private sector and the municipality must therefore prioritise upgrading sporting facilities in line with the vision of transforming the resort town into a sports tourism destination.
“it has been an action-packed weekend and we are excited about the attendance. The resort town is surely starved of entertainment and it is our hope that the private sector and the municipality invest in world class sport facilities,” said Mr Tonderai Mutasa – Organising Committee Member.
Representative of the Shearwater Easter Soccer Tournament sponsors Mr Clement Mukwasi said the tourism entity is committed to harnessing sport in promoting social cohesion and revealed the tournament will become an annual event going forward.
“This is our way of saying thank you to the Victoria Falls community. Given the positive response and discipline, we have since made a decision to make this an annual event going forward,” said Mr Mukwasi.
Twenty four social soccer teams from the resort destination participated in the 4-day event which was also used to promote healthy lifestyle.
Among the team were Mosi Tigers, ZIMRA, FC Rangers, Croc Farm, Mbabazane, Kazungula United and Sinathankau.