By Daniel Chigundu
Pastor Chris, arguably one of the leading Christian preachers in the world is said to be coming to Zimbabwe for Worship, healing and communion service set for the National Sports Stadium on the 7th of May.
The maverick Nigeria Pastor who is famed for drawing huge crowds when he host his crusades in such countries as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Canada and United Kingdom is expected to bring hordes of worshippers to Zimbabwe.
Addressing the media during a tour of the group’s Harare hotels, sales and business development manager Leonard Nyamutsamba said his company benefitted from delegations that had come for the Jehovah’s Witness conference and are geared to host the Christ Embassy delegation as well.
“We always communicate with organizations to find out things happening in the country and we then offer these services like catering, accommodation for the guests and any kind of airport transfer we facilitate. Our job is to make money on top of providing obviously a service.
“Those kind of things especially the coming of Pastor Chris, we knew about it last week before it even came out in the paper and so we knew we had to make those kind of moves and we hope to always be ahead but it’s not going to benefit us alone, it’s going to benefit the whole Harare facilities.
“So we are happy to have him, our hotels will be full like what happened at ICASA 2015 where we were not fighting against each other, but referring guests to each other and that is what should happen in the industry,” he said.
Zimbabwe is currently trying to popularize religious tourism owing to the growing number of Churches and prophets that are now holding international conferences or have built Prayer Mountains.
Just last month Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi was guest of honour when Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries officially opened its state-of the-art prayer mountain expected to draw the church’s members including those living outside the country.
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s UFIC is also putting final touches to its mega church structure in Chitungwiza on top of a prayer guest house in one of Harare’s leafy suburbs.
Zimbabwe has seen the influx of churches in the past years and the trend is expected to continue and more tourism business is expected to come from this growth in the areas of transport, food and beverages, conferencing and accommodation.