vic falls 01.09.10.jpgYouths in tourism are looking forward to working with the government in harnessing the industry’s full potential.

Youths are raising issues such as limited access to start-up investment capital, unavailability of work space and equipment, lack of marketing skills and market information as principal concern affecting the development of tourism facilities owned by young people.

The youths hope the second republic will look into these challenges and start working with them soon.

“We as the youth in tourism are facing challenges in terms of securing money from banks due to lack of collateral. We hope the government will engage with banks and help us get loans sooner,” said one of the youths who have ventured into the tourism sector.

Bulawayo Chairperson for Youth in Tourism Fadzai Maningi said the youths, especially women, should venture into the tourism industry as the sector has been touted as one of the potential game changers in national economic revival.

The Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Cde Prisca Mupfumira indicated that they are working together with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to put in place policy measures that support youth participation in the mainstream tourism industry.