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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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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