The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has moved to reassure regional and international tourists of their safety following disturbances that marred the post election period last week.

According to ZTA CEO, Dr Karikoga Kaseke international enquiries from booked and potential travellers have been on an upsurge despite the post election violence, with the authority allaying fears and assuring the tourists of their safety during their visit.

“There were minimal implications resulting from scenes of last week, and the international market should recognise that this is a phase in the political environment  of the country. Above all, Zimbabwe should safeguard the peace dividend that has made it a competitive destination within the region,” he said.

Bouyed by this re-assurance, the tourism authority remains optimistic of posting the projected 20 percent growth rate this year given the strong performance by the industry in the first half of this year.