First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says the tourism industry is one of the fastest growing sectors which the youth should leverage for employment creation.

The Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism convened the provincial youth debate for 3 chapters Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Harare as part of efforts to raise tourism knowledge among the youth.

Officiating at the event, the First Lady who is also patron of the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism, urged young people to equip and educate themselves in tourism in order to unlock opportunities which the sector offers for economic transformation.

“Tourism is one of the best and fastest in generating jobs we need in Zimbabwe.   I am glad the youth are taking the right steps in nationalising issues which were negated to classrooms and certain institutions only,” she said.

Similar tourism dates held in Lupane and Masvingo revealed young people face entry level challenges to the tourism industry and Amai Mnangagwa committed to help them overcome these barriers through advocating for assistance from relevant government departments.

“Let’s not end by talking but take action. The Ministry of Youth is there to help and so is the youth empowerment bank. I will also help by approaching government departments and kindly asking them to assist young people,” said the First Lady.

Young people drawn from tertiary institutions in the three provinces engaged in robust debate and public speaking on various tourism related issues.

The increase in tourist arrivals over the last few years has promoted the local tourism product and subsequently the economy.

Due to robust marketing, arrivals reached 2.6 million last year, creating a new national record.