By Natalie Chiwomadzi
ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief operating officer Givemore Chidzidzi says Zimbabwe need to invest in more room capacity to correspond with increasing tourism traffic.
Since the coming in of the new dispensation in November 2017, Zimbabwe has experienced an increase in tourist arrivals as well potential investors.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe Property Investment Forum recently, Chidzidzi said the country has a very low hotel stock compared to what is required.
“When visitors come to see available attractions, they need accommodation and this is an area we are lagging behind. We have a low stock of hotels.
“There are a lot of activities but after that visitors need accommodation but we do not have enough rooms. Take for instance during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) week, people struggle to get accommodation,” he said.
Chidzidzi also clarified that real estate facilities such as church buildings and skyscrapers can also attract tourists for example skyscrapers in Dubai and European church buildings.
Zimbabwe currently requires about US$20 million to convert existing infrastructure as well as develop new ones to use for hospitality business.
According to real estate experts, Zimbabwe has low hotel stock compared to Sandton and that there is need to add more than 1000 rooms.