By Daniel Chigundu
PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Thokozile Chitepo says she is excited by the tourism investment that UAE based investor Feonirich LLC will bring to the country.
Feonirich LLC delegation which arrived in the country on the 28th of May is currently touring some proposed sites in Victoria Falls for their investments which will include the development of a medical resort, sports racing; Grand Prix/Race Circuit and hunting safaris.
Zimbabwe is currently on a mission to lure investors following Operation Restore Legacy which ushered in President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has gone on to declare that the country is open for business.
There have been complaints that Zimbabwe’s resort towns do not have many activities to warrant tourists to stay longer in the country so as to spend more.
When tourists spend more days in the country it goes a long way in terms of tourism receipts and generation of the much needed but elusive foreign currency.
Speaking upon receiving the delegation Permanent Secretary Chitepo said the investment by Feonirich LLC will go a long way in boosting safari tourism in the country.
“We are excited to have the UAE show such keen interest in our destination for their business, new facets of tourism will be opened up such as medical tourism and Grand Prix whilst also boosting Safari tourism,” she said.
The visit is a follow-up expedition in line with an MOU signed between the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and Feonirich LLC.
Speaking at the occasion, Feonirich’s head of delegation, Prince Adebayor Bamidele said Zimbabwe is an untapped market and they are looking forward to bring their investment to the country.
“We heard that Zimbabwe is open for business and barely a month after our initial meeting with the ZTA we are here to fulfil our end of the bargain,” he said.
The investors are heading back to UAE on the 31st of May are scheduled to meet up with the relevant government officials such as the Vice President Rtd. General Constantino Chiwenga before.