The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) could have lost thousands in potential revenue resulting from unregistered operators.
This emerged as the authority embarks on a nationwide blitz to plug on loopholes while maintaining competitive standards in the sector.
An operator’s licence costs a minimum of $300 annually but some operators have gone for at least two years without honouring their obligation as required by the Tourism Act of 1996 which stipulates that operators should be registered and licenced.
The implication is that the operators would not collect the 2 percent levies on food and accommodation.
While some operators are maintaining standards to meet the ZTA requirements, failure to register their businesses has been drawback that has long affected the industry.
Although the actual loss cannot be quantified, the negative implications resulting from the conduct by these operators is an issue which the ZTA seeks to redress.
Given the mantra that Zimbabwe is open for business, the tourism sector outlined this exercise within its 100 day plan to effectively position the sector to the envisaged growth figures in arrivals this year.