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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Deal to bring 350 Chinese tourists monthly

Deal to bring 350 Chinese tourists monthly

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says Zimbabwe will be receiving about 350 Chinese tourists monthly courtesy of the newly launched Tour Africa-New Horizon project. The project is a brainchild of Mr He Liehui the president and manager of Touch Road International Holdings Group and is a collaboration between Ethiopian Airlines, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Speaking at the launch, Minister Mupfumira said China is working on strengthening hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure and cultural ties in 65 countries and that has necessitated the launch of the project….

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Mupfumira courts London investors

Mupfumira courts London investors

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has called on potential investors in the United Kingdom to take advantage of opportunities in the country’s tourism sector. Tourism is one of the main foreign currency earning sectors that are expected to help revive the country’s economy together with agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is expected to grow by 20 percent in 2018 surpassing 2.5 million arrivals buoyed by unique flora and fauna and world heritage sites such as Victoria Falls and Great Zimbabwe among others…

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ZTA hopes on World Travel Market

ZTA hopes on World Travel Market

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says Zimbabwe is participating at the 2018 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM) with a view to increasing tourist arrival in the country. Tourism is one of the country’s low hanging fruits with quick wins together with agriculture, manufacturing and mining in terms of the new dispensation’s economic revival strategy. Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and ZTA have employed various marketing strategies with a view to luring more tourists and one of the strategies includes…

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