Hotels cash in on Carnival: Kaseke

Hotels cash in on Carnival: Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke says the just ended 4th edition of Harare International Carnival was a success from a business point of view. The Carnival which started on the 1st of September to the 10th saw a number of internationals (300 delegates from 25 countries) and over 100 local groups participating in various activities that range from musical shows, cultural displays and finally the street party. Many people have been taking to the social media to question the benefits that the country derives…

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Govt fully behind Carnival: Mzembi

Govt fully behind Carnival: Mzembi

  By Staff Reporter TOURISM and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi says the government is fully committed to supporting the Harare International Carnival. Addressing a media briefing this afternoon Mzembi said the carnival was a mid to long term investment by the government. “Government is optimistic that it will yield a return on investment in the next 5-10 years hence the reason the project has continued to receive major support from the treasury. The government believes in the power of the carnival particularly its potential to generate the much-needed revenue…

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Carnival is business: Matamisa

Carnival is business: Matamisa

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Council of Tourism (ZCT) chief executive Paul Matamisa says contrary to what other people think, Carnival is actually business especially if it is managed and organised well. Matamisa’s statement comes on the backdrop of criticism that the Harare International Carnival has received from some other members of society, who have questioned its benefit to the economy and country. Addressing the media, the ZCT chief executive said countries, where Carnival originates from, have been able to develop carnival economies and that also helps people to forget their…

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Indian artists arrive for Carnival …promises a good performance

Indian artists arrive for Carnival …promises a good performance

By Daniel Chigundu PANTHOIBI Jagoi Marup from India has arrived in the country for the 2017 edition of Harare International Carnival. Various international groups including the famous Samba Queens of Brazil and the Cubans are billed to perform at this year’s edition of Carnival jamboree. In an interview at the Harare International Airport, Panthoibi Jagoi Marup team leader Dhanarani Devi said they are ready for the carnival and promised a good performance. “You can expect a good performance for the carnival and we have taken part in other carnivals before…

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Chief Musarurwa okays Zodwa …as Carnival Bira preps reach high levels

Chief Musarurwa okays Zodwa …as Carnival Bira preps reach high levels

By Daniel Chigundu CHIEF Musarurwa (Enos Musakwa) says there is nothing wrong for artists like Zodwa Wabantu to come and showcase their culture and way of life at the Harare International Carnival. There has been an outcry following the announcement by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) that controversial South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu will be part of the performing artists at the Carnival street party. The issue was further worsened by South Africa based Zimbabwean actor Anne Nhira who wrote a letter to the tourism ministry requesting that Zodwa be…

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Carnival is not about Zim culture or Zodwa

Carnival is not about Zim culture or Zodwa

By Staff Reporter THERE seems to be a misunderstanding that the Harare International Carnival is a Zimbabwean culture show and that the 2017 street party scheduled for the 9th of September is all about South Africa’s Zodwa Wabantu. For starters, the carnival is not a celebration of Zimbabwe culture but an international celebration of cultures, Zimbabwean and other countries included. It is a celebration of diversity, where people will be celebrating being different and not judging each other’s culture or acts. Carnival is not about morals or lack of them…

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Stars to grace Carnival

Stars to grace Carnival

By Daniel Chigundu   ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) has released a star-studded line-up of artists both locals and foreigners who are expected to provide entertainment at the Harare International Carnival music concert. Harare International Carnival is scheduled for September 9, 2017, and will start with a street party going all the way to the main stage at the civic grounds next to Rainbow Towers Hotel. Top artists billed to perform on the main stage include rhumba musician Werrason (DRC), Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Suluman Chimbetu, Babes Wodumo (SA), Dr Malinga…

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Another Dam for Masvingo

Another Dam for Masvingo

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT is mooting the construction of another multi-million dam for the drought prone Masvingo province just months after the successful completion and launch of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam. The envisaged Runde-Tende dam marks intensified efforts by the government to turn the Lowveld into a greenbelt anchored on irrigation. Addressing delegates at the joint ZNCC/ZAS breakfast meeting yesterday deputy minister for agriculture, mechanization and irrigation responsible for crops Davis Marapira said the Runde-Tende dam would be bigger than Tokwe-Mukosi. The breakfast meeting on agriculture sought to promote and provide…

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Aspindale Park completes phase 1

Aspindale Park completes phase 1

By Ndafadza Madanha DEVELOPERS of the multipurpose Aspindale Park development have completed phase one of the project. Under Phase One 400 residential stands are connected to the main city council sewer and water lines as well as the construction of tarred roads. The developer also built a show house on 200sqm that captured the imagination of many people who attended its open day last week. Development of the 56-hectare park is in four phases with1202 residential stands available. The development will also boast of schools, churches, shopping mall and other…

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Zim losing Asian tourist market

Zim losing Asian tourist market

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE has continued to experience a decline in tourist arrivals from the lucrative Asian market, a 2017 first quarter tourism performance highlights report has said. Asia and in particular China is reportedly the world biggest outbound tourism source market since 2012 and according to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), a total of 120 million Chinese travelled abroad during 2015. CNTA has revised that by 2020 China will provide over 600million outbound tourists from the earlier projected 240million. However, even though Zimbabwe enjoys bilateral relationships with most Asian…

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