The visiting 12 member delegation from the Republic South Sudanâ€™s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism has commended the Zimbabwe tourism industry while appealing for assistance in capacity building.
The delegation has been in the country for the past two weeks on a fact finding mission regarding the local tourism industry.
The delegation, which arrived in Harare on Saturday morning last week also sought to lure Zimbabwean business people to invest in its tourism industry, which is now under reconstruction after 22 years of war and other 10 years of peace negotiations.
Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Cde Walter Mzembi, head of the delegation, Lieutenant General Alfred Omoli, who is also the Advisor in the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, appealed to Zimbabweans to invest in the South Sudanese tourism industry.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Cde Walter Mzembi said guided by the Memorandum of Understanding that the two countries signed last week, Zimbabwe stands ready to support the Republic South Sudan thereby putting into practical action the MOU.
â€œSouth Sudan should open its country to visitors considering that the tourism industry in Zimbabwe and the world over is driven by three key words namely: visit, trade and invest where people who visit the country facilitate trade and later decide to invest,â€ said Cde Mzembi.
Minister Mzembi also revealed that the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) had invited the people of South Sudan after observing great potential in their tourism, adding that the two countries also share similar political experiences though Zimbabwe got its independence in 1980 while South Sudan recently got its independence on the 9th of July.
During its stay in Zimbabwe, the delegation had a chance to hold talks with ZTA and other stakeholders in the industry as well as visit Great Zimbabwe, the Bulawayo School of Tourism and Hospitality, Matopos National Park, Hwange National Park and the Victoria Falls.