By Own Correspondent- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said Government is committed to sustainable growth of the tourism sector through the implementation of various initiatives.
He said this during a cocktail he hosted for a visiting 343-member Chinese tourist delegation at State House last night.
The delegation comprising tourists, buyers and journalists, is part of a tourism project organised by Touchroad International Holdings Group dubbed “Tour Africa — The New Horizon”.
My Government has adopted various strategies to ensure sustainable long-term growth of the tourism sector.
These include increasing tourist arrivals and promoting investment in tourism-related infrastructure. We therefore continue to encourage investment in infrastructure such as hotels and other facilities that will widen our tourism products.
The introduction of a number of incentives will further help promote investments into the sector. These include the declaration of a Tourism Special Economic Zone, which covers Victoria Falls, Binga and Kariba tourism corridor, among others.”
President Mnangagwa added that duty exemptions were also available for the importation of tourism capital goods and safari vehicles.
“Government is also scaling up efforts to rehabilitate and modernise airport infrastructure as well as road networks connecting tourist resorts. To this end, the Belt and Road Initiative spearheaded by His Excellency Xi Xinping will go a long way in enhancing interconnectivity with countries to facilitate not only trade but also tourism and people to people exchanges. Hence tourists can use Zimbabwe as a gateway to other tourist destinations in the Southern African region.
“Our country’s tourism sector has received international recognition and endorsements which saw us being nominated as the 3rd Best in Travel in the World, and we are among the top 10 ‘must visit’ destinations and chosen the Sustainable Destination of the Year during the recent ITB Berlin Travel Show.
This commitment of monthly tourist delegations by Touchroad International Holdings Group is yet another welcome endorsement and recognition of Zimbabwe as a safe and must-visit destination.”-StateMedia