Kaseke hopeful Chombo will adequately fund tourism

Kaseke hopeful Chombo will adequately fund tourism

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says he is hopeful that the new Minister of Finance and Economic Development Ignatius Chombo will adequately fund tourism. The Finance Minister is expected to present the 2018 national budget anytime soon and Parliament will this week attend a pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls. The tourism sector has largely been neglected when it comes to budget allocation from treasury and the thinking is that it should fund its activities from the 2 percent Tourism Fund Levied from operators in…

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Don’t be fooled, tourism drives the economy: Kaseke

Don’t be fooled, tourism drives the economy: Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says contrary to what most people think, tourism drives many sectors in the economy and deserves a better share of the national budget. Despite requiring about US$17 615 400 to effectively implement its various programs that will help drive tourism, ZTA only got about US$830 000 from the 2017 budget. Appearing before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr Kaseke said hotels which many people refer to as tourism are just a distant fraction…

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Revive tourism in Kariba: Mackenzie

Revive tourism in Kariba: Mackenzie

By Daniel Chigundu KARIBA legislator Isaac Mackenzie has called on government and relevant authorities such as the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to help revive tourism activities in his resort town constituency. According to Mackenzie, Kariba which has the potential to take tourism to greater heights is almost dead due to lack of marketing of the town and its resort facilities. There are quite a number of activities which suit people of different interests in Kariba and some of the activities include houseboat cruising, fishing, canoeing and game viewing. Speaking in…

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Zim applauds Miss Universe Beijing …says the event promotes MICE facilities

Zim applauds Miss Universe Beijing  …says the event promotes MICE facilities

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) director of corporate affairs Sugar Chagonda has applauded the hosting of the 2017 edition of Miss Universe (Beijing and Hainan) Africa Station grand final in the country adding that it’s a marketing booster for Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) business. Zimbabwe is currently trying to promote MICE opportunities to the extent that ZTA has established the Conventions Bureau. MICE business has been identified as one of the ways of attracting business tourists to a country to take advantage of conference and events…

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ZTA embarks on Visit Zimbabwe campaign …targets Russia, SA and China markets

ZTA embarks on Visit Zimbabwe campaign …targets Russia, SA and China markets

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says his organisation will be embarking on a tourism marketing campaign targeting Russia, South Africa and China. The country has been failing to do well in various outbound tourist markets owing to lack of funds for marketing and branding. Sore dire is the situation that the country is absent in such lucrative markets as China which is expected to contribute about 600 million outbound tourists in 2020. Owing to lack of funds, Zimbabwe was also having challenges in…

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ZTA distances self from tourism day flop …says ministry was responsible

ZTA distances self from tourism day flop …says ministry was responsible

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) says they are not to blame for the flopped World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations held last week in Bulawayo adding that it was organised by the ministry. So dire was the situation at the celebrations that only a handful of participants took part and it had to take Christ Embassy Zimbabwe to save the day with its hordes of congregates who were distributing their daily devotional the Rhapsody of Realities. However, this is not the first time that the WTD celebrations organised by…

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Govt wants all tourism players registered

Govt wants all tourism players registered

By Daniel Chigundu GOVERNMENT says all operators of unregistered tourism and hospitality industry services must be registered to enable effective planning for the lucrative sector. In an effort to cushion themselves from the obtaining economic difficulties currently being experienced in the country, some people have converted their houses into lodges, opened restaurants or are offering catering services while others are operating unregistered car hire services. However, in terms of the Tourism Act of 1996 Chapter 14:20 section 36 all designated tourism facilities are required to be registered with the Zimbabwe…

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Massive incentives for airlines …as Chinamasa demands more from tourism

Massive incentives for airlines …as Chinamasa demands more from tourism

 By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has revealed that he is working on a raft of measures that will see the government giving massive incentives to airlines that fly into Zimbabwe. Since 1999, Zimbabwe has seen major airlines shunning the country for various reasons and this has affected tourist arrivals and the situation has been further worsened by the state of affairs at Air Zimbabwe. Airlines are not only important for tourism purposes but also play a major role in exportation and importation of various goods…

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Foreign exhibitors hail Zim

Foreign exhibitors hail Zim

By Staff Reporter FOREIGN exhibitors at the 10th edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani expo say Zimbabwe is an oasis of peace and hospitality. In an interview Egyptian Tourist Authority official Mohab Hussein El Bishbieshy said his country was looking at intensifying co-operation with Zimbabwe in the tourism sector. “Zimbabwe is a very fantastic place especially Bulawayo which is very peaceful. This is our second time in the country but the first in Bulawayo and I have really enjoyed my stay. We hope to increase travel between our nation and Zimbabwe and…

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Chinamasa to adequately fund tourism

Chinamasa to adequately fund tourism

 By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has promised to avail enough funds to enable adequate marketing of the country’s tourism products. For a long time, the tourism sector has complained of poor funding which has seen them failing to participate in international marketing shows and expos across the world. In the 2017 National Budget, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) which is tasked with the duty of marketing the country’s tourism, was only allocated about US$500 000 which is by far less than what is allocated in other…

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