We are serious about UK: Dr Kaseke

We are serious about UK: Dr Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke has said the United Kingdom is an important tourism market that the country cannot afford to ignore. The UK was a significant contributor of tourist arrivals to the country before the country embarked on the land reform exercise which resulted in numbers retreating majestically. Tourism has been dubbed as the low hanging fruit for the government in its effort to resuscitate the economy, but to benefit more from it there is need to effectively put resources in marketing…

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Soccer legends good for tourism marketing

Soccer legends good for tourism marketing

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke has said the World Class Legends (WCL) who are in the country to play an exhibition match are good for marketing tourism owing to their huge following. The country’s tourism has been lagging behind owing to poor marketing strategies which were a result of lack of adequate funding from the government. Tourism thrives with high levels of consistent marketing as there is a wide competition for tourists from countries. However, since the coming in of the new dispensation,…

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SEZs ready to roll: Gono

SEZs ready to roll: Gono

By Ndafadza Madanha THE much-touted Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will roll out soon with the publication of regulations and incentive packages expected to be gazetted this week. Addressing members of the media today Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) chairman Gideon Gono said the SEZs are expected to spur economic growth. “We are now ready to roll. It means by the end of this week, the regulations and incentive packages will be gazette and once gazette, we can start approving projects, we can begin declaring areas, cities and towns as SEZs….

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ZTA eye Manchester United shirt deal

ZTA eye Manchester United shirt deal

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke has revealed that his organisation is currently negotiating with Manchester United Football Club for a possible shirt deal. The revelation comes barely a month after Rwanda tourism board entered into the same deal (Visit Rwanda) with Arsenal Football Club worth US$30 million. Rwanda is expected to benefit immensely from the deal owing to the huge following that Arsenal enjoys across the world. In an interview, Dr Kaseke said the deal that was eventually offered to Rwanda had first…

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Carnival to celebrate new dispensation: Dr Kaseke

Carnival to celebrate new dispensation: Dr Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke has said the 2018 edition of the prestigious Harare International Carnival will focus on celebrating the new dispensation. The new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa came on 24 November last year following Operation Restore Legacy which ousted the Robert Mugabe led regime. Since President Mnangagwa came into power, the country has recorded commendable progress in terms of business owing to his mantra “Zimbabwe is open for business” which has caught the attention of the international investors. Tourism…

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Tourism needs stronger links to grow: Pololikashvili

Tourism needs stronger links to grow: Pololikashvili

By Daniel Chigundu UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili has called for stronger links between public and private players in the tourism sector so that people on the continent can benefit greatly. Players in the tourism sector have been blamed for failing to work together for example on sharing data and research but rather preferring to compete on almost everything, a development which is reportedly affecting the growth of the tourism sector in Africa. Lack of growth in the tourism sector also affects the creation of tourism jobs and also has…

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No money for fuel marking: ZERA

No money for fuel marking: ZERA

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says the country has not yet started implementing fuel marking owing to lack of funds for the project. Fuel marking which has been on the cards for a long time now is one of the ways in which government can flush out issues of rampant fuel smuggling which are reportedly depriving the country of import duty and other fuel related taxes. It is reported that some companies are smuggling fuel into the country and avoiding paying of duty purporting that it is…

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Feonirich LLC investment excites Zimbabwe …move to help tourists stay longer

Feonirich LLC investment excites Zimbabwe …move to help tourists stay longer

By Daniel Chigundu PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Thokozile Chitepo says she is excited by the tourism investment that UAE based investor Feonirich LLC will bring to the country. Feonirich LLC delegation which arrived in the country on the 28th of May is currently touring some proposed sites in Victoria Falls for their investments which will include the development of a medical resort, sports racing; Grand Prix/Race Circuit and hunting safaris. Zimbabwe is currently on a mission to lure investors following Operation Restore Legacy which…

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AGM to finalise sell of Hwange Town: Chitando

AGM to finalise sell of Hwange Town: Chitando

By Daniel Chigundu MINES and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando says he expecting that the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) of Hwange Colliery will finalise the sale of Hwange Town and houses as has been agreed. Hwange is currently saddled by a huge debt overhang that has seen it failing to attract investment or accessing loans for capitalisation from financing institutions both inside and out of the country. The debt has been affecting production as the company has no resources to purchase the much-needed equipment to up production, leaving it…

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Parliament waits on Mugabe …as US$15 billion probe intensifies

Parliament waits on Mugabe  …as US$15 billion probe intensifies

By Daniel Chigundu MINES and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa has revealed that they are waiting on former President Robert Mugabe’s confirmation to attend the committee on Wednesday. The committee is currently carrying out a probe on the alleged missing US$15 billion which Mugabe claim was lost through shoddy dealings in the diamond mining sector. Already all the companies and officials who were directly or indirectly involved in the mining of the country’s diamonds at Chiadzwa have appeared before the committee and have given their sides of the…

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