Govt, EU join hands for wildlife protection

Govt, EU join hands for wildlife protection

By Natalie Chiwomadzi EUROPEAN Union (EU) says it has partnered with the government of Zimbabwe in a move meant to protect wildlife poaching as well as animal and human conflicts. The partnership is based on three projects which are mainly aimed at protecting and promoting wildlife in the country. Addressing delegates at the launch of the projects, Head of the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe Ambassador Timo Olkkonen said the country’s natural riches are not only for the Zimbabweans to cherish, but they form part of a world heritage which is…

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Meikles can’t commit to US$30 million facelift

Meikles can’t commit to US$30 million facelift

By Malcolm Meja In a statement released on Friday, Meikles group chairman John Moxon said, the group does not consider that it is in a position to commit to the required US$30 million to modernise its prime Harare hotel. Meikles limited is in the process of selling its hotel to a Dubai based company, Albwardy Investment. Dubai billionaire, Ali Albwardy who also owns 3 hotels in Tanzania, owns Albwardy Investment. Group chairman, John Moxon said, initial forecasts suggests up to US$30 million needs to be spent on the hotel, and…

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Zim needs to invest in more rooms: Chidzidzi

Zim needs to invest in more rooms: Chidzidzi

By Natalie Chiwomadzi ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief operating officer Givemore Chidzidzi says Zimbabwe need to invest in more room capacity to correspond with increasing tourism traffic. Since the coming in of the new dispensation in November 2017, Zimbabwe has experienced an increase in tourist arrivals as well potential investors. Speaking at the Zimbabwe Property Investment Forum recently, Chidzidzi said the country has a very low hotel stock compared to what is required. “When visitors come to see available attractions, they need accommodation and this is an area we are…

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Heritage and Tourism Trails the way to go: Likukuma

Heritage and Tourism Trails the way to go: Likukuma

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) acting chief executive Rita Likukuma says heritage and tourism trails play an important role in attracting tourists globally and that the country should not be left behind. According to UNESCO and UNWTO, heritage tourism accounts for about 40% of global tourism arrivals Addressing delegates in Bulawayo at the 20th Anniversary Joshua Nkomo Day Commemorations – Joshua Nkomo Legacy Walk and Umdala Wethu Dance, Likukuma said the country must position itself to tap into this market. “One of our tourism pillars as a tourism…

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We would rather keep our ivory stockpiles: Zimbabwe

We would rather keep our ivory stockpiles: Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE says it will not burn its stockpiles of ivory even if they don’t get permission to sell from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The country is said to be holding stockpiles of ivory worth about US$600 million which they intend to convince CITES to allow them to trade. Proceeds from the trade have been earmarked for conservation purposes as well as uplifting lives of people in communities surrounding national parks. There has been pressure from “animal lovers” and such countries like Kenya for countries like…

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Let’s increase collaboration on wildlife: Mnangagwa

Let’s increase collaboration on wildlife: Mnangagwa

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says there is a need for continued collaboration among government, communities and stakeholders involved in wildlife conservations so that local people can derive benefits. African has a lot of wildlife species but these have not benefitted the local communities and in some case have led to poaching. Speaking at the gala dinner held on the sidelines of the AU-UN Environment Africa Wildlife Summit in Victoria, President Mnangagwa said success coming from working and benefitting together. “Governments, stakeholders and communities must increase dialogue and collaboration…

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Zim ready for AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit

Zim ready for AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit

ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says Zimbabwe is ready to host the first every AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit this month (June) in Victoria Falls. The summit comes at a time when Zimbabwe is in a dilemma on whether to remain of pull out of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) due to differences. Some of the challenges giving Zimbabwe a dilemma such as the continued ban in the sale of ivory and other species are expected to be discussed at the summit. In a…

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All set for Zim Food and Culture Festival

All set for Zim Food and Culture Festival

PREPARATIONS for the inaugural Zim Food and Cultural Festival which kicks off this Thursdays (23 May) are said to be at an advanced stage. The festival which is a brainchild of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa seeks among other things to promote and restore cultural diversity, unite locals, bridge the cultural divide and more importantly promote domestic tourism. Scheduled for Harare Gardens from the 23rd to the 25th of May, the festival is centred on celebrating Zimbabwe’s authentic and unique cultural lifestyle through showcasing various traditional foods, languages, arts, music, crafts,…

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Dubai, Zimbabwe civil servants incentive travel deal

Dubai, Zimbabwe civil servants incentive travel deal

By Daniel Chigundu DUBAI Civil Service Office has met with Zimbabwe over an incentive travel proposal for its civil servants. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which is arguably the largest travel show in the Middle East. The deal is said to have been necessitated by the proposal from Zimbabwe and its good destination showing at the ATM fair. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority head of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti is among the Zimbabwean delegation in Dubai confirmed the development. “Team Zimbabwe has just…

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KAZA TFCA is the right direction

KAZA TFCA is the right direction

By   Staff Reporter ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) should work to transform lives of surrounding communities among many other things. Countries under the KAZA TFCA are seeking to collaborate in the conservation of natural resources and promote tourism whilst boosting the socio-economic environment for their local communities. Addressing delegates at the KAZA TFCA Ministerial Meeting currently underway at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Minister Mupfumira said everyone has a role to play in realizing this dream…

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