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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Let’s promote domestic tourism

Let’s promote domestic tourism

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has called for the establishment of animal sanctuaries across the country as a way of promoting domestic tourism. Although Zimbabwe is endowed with a lot of natural resources including pristine wildlife which has seen it receiving international awards, local people have not been able to enjoy them. The major bottleneck has largely been exorbitant user fees at a time when levels of disposable income have dwindled sharply thereby turning tourism to become a preserve of foreigners or the rich….

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Women in Tourism launched

Women in Tourism launched

By Daniel Chigundu FIRST-LADY Auxillia Mnangagwa has applauded the formation of Women in Tourism National Chapter (WTNC) adding that women have the capacity to make a difference in the tourism sector if they are given the opportunity considering that they constitute a huge percent of global tourism workforce. Though women constitute about 49 percent of the global workforce in the tourism sector, they are however found mostly on the lower ranks a development which is said to have prevented them from effectively benefitting from the sector. Speaking at the launch…

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Air Tanzania to begin flights into Harare

Air Tanzania to begin flights into Harare

By Staff Reporter AIR Tanzania has revealed that it will begin flights to Harare and Lusaka this week buoyed by its recently acquired two Airbus A220s. The airline received the two aircrafts a month ago and will be flying into Harare every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. In a statement, the company said, “Air Tanzania will on February 22 commence the Dar Es Salaam-Harare and Dar Es Salaam-Lusaka flights”. The company has pegged its return flights at USD$168 for the economy class from Harare to Dar Es Salaam while a return trip…

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Take advantage of ITB opportunities: Mupfumira

Take advantage of ITB opportunities: Mupfumira

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has called on the country’s tourism sector to take advantage of marketing opportunities at the 2018 edition of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) scheduled for 6-10 March in Berlin, Germany. ITB is arguably the biggest tourism fair in the world which brings together tour operators, tourism boards, tourism service providers and government officials and also provides a unique destination marketing opportunity among many others. The minister is expected to lead a team of about 26 tourism players composed of accommodation…

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Zimbabwe attends the World Government Summit

Zimbabwe attends the World Government Summit

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira who is leading an eight-member Zimbabwean delegation says the country can benefit immensely from the World Government Summit session currently happening in Dubai. The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide. Each year, the Summit sets the agenda for the next generation of governments, focusing on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity. This annual gathering which is held in February in Dubai hosts over…

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Corruption to blame for environmental degradation

Corruption to blame for environmental degradation

By Daniel Chigundu DESPITE having clear environmental laws, Zimbabwe has failed dismally to prevent environmental degradation and pollution. As a result, there is rampant burning of forests, massive littering, uncoordinated digging of mining pits, careless cutting down of trees and development on wetlands among many others. To make matters worse, government agencies tasked with protecting the environment have also found comfortable seats among the crowds in the grandstands. However, speaking in the National Assembly during a debate on the motion on the protection of plantations, Chegutu West legislator Dexter Nduna…

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Likukuma appointed acting chief executive

Likukuma appointed acting chief executive

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has appointed Rita Likukuma to the position of acting chief executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) with effect from 1 February 2019. Likukuma who is a ZTA board member is tasked with among other things to drive the vision of the authority in line with that of the country in the absence of Dr Karikoga Kaseke who is currently out on sick leave. In a statement to the media, ZTA head of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti said Likukuma…

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Inadequate funding affects ZTA to strategies

Inadequate funding affects ZTA to strategies

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) which is tasked with the important duty of marketing the country’s tourism destinations says it has been left with no choice but to re-strategize following inadequate budget allocations. ZTA had submitted a budget proposal of $21 970 567 which comprised government funding of $11 590 000 while the remainder is meant to come from the tourism levy. However, in its 2019 National Budget, the government only allocated them $5.5 million where the $5 million is directed towards operations while the $500k is to…

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Zimbabwe is still a safe destination: Mutsvangwa

Zimbabwe is still a safe destination: Mutsvangwa

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has urged tourists and locals to ignore last week’s events, adding that their security is guaranteed. Zimbabwe was last week engulfed by violent protests which were triggered by the government’s decision to increase fuel prices at a time when people are facing a lot of challenges economically. The protests, however, ended up forcing business to close down for almost a week before the security forces came in to calm the situation. However, speaking at the launch of the Tour Africa-New Horizon Project…

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