Tourism players urged to complement Government

Tourism players urged to complement Government

By Edward Mukaro GOVERNMENT expects players in the hospitality and tourism industry to complement its efforts of boosting domestic tourism by reducing prices for services to enable locals to visit the country’s vast tourist resorts scattered across the nation. Domestic tourism has long been identified as the to unlocking the true value of the sector. In the past, before the COVID- 19 pandemic, destinations that were deemed successful the world over were supported heavily by their domestic market, constituting more than 60 percent (%). Addressing delegates who attended the launch…

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Zimbho to steer domestic tourism

Zimbho to steer domestic tourism

By Edward Mukaro THE Government of Zimbabwe has stepped up efforts to boost domestic tourism as Minister of Environment, Climate, Mangaliso Ndlovu officially launched the Zimbho Domestic Tourism Campaign in the resort town of Kariba, a move which confirms the sectors’ eagerness and seriousness in realizing US$5 Billion-dollar Tourism Economy by year 2025. Domestic tourism, in Zimbabwe and many other countries across the globe, has been identified as an enabler of real growth in the tourism sector, hence Government’s concerted efforts to ignite the sense of belonging and love of…

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US$3 million GCF proposal on the cards

US$3 million GCF proposal on the cards

By Edward Mukaro ZIMBABWE is lining up a US$3 million Global Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Proposal for the development of the National Adaptation Plan to ensure that gaps identified in the country programme are addressed. Addressing delegates at the recently held Country Programme, Bilateral Agreement and GCF Readiness Proposal National Stakeholders Validation Workshop, at Cresta Oasis hotel in Harare recently, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Munesushe Munodawafa said despite there being many intervention methods being developed and implemented more support was needed to…

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Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

GOVERNMENT’s move to reopen the Tourism sector could not have come at any other better time, especially now when COVID- 19 related deaths and cases are sharply decreasing, but however, citizens should not be complacent and let their guard down. Global lessons learnt so far should act as a guideline both for authorities and the general citizenry. Many nations including China, United Kingdom, USA and nearer to home, South Africa, among a host of others have experienced second waves of the pandemic, resulting, sadly, in thousands of deaths, as people…

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Fastjet sets sight on post-COVID- 19

Fastjet sets sight on post-COVID- 19

By Wellington Zimbowa AFRICAN value airliner Fastjet has poised itself for business post-COVID- 19, through its ‘Travel with Confidence’ scheme, amid travel expert warnings over low flight travel confidence and slow opening up – international air travel. Recently, the South Africa headquartered airliner further extended its booking policy for current and new customers introduced in the September cut-off to March next 2021. Having noted the lukewarm interest in flying with customers likely to withhold travelling, despite the opening up of air travel and borders, the company intervened to allow customer…

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Zim eyes US$5 billion tourism industry

Zim eyes US$5 billion tourism industry

By Varaidzo Zhakata GOVERNMENT has availed a financial stimulus package to the tourism sector – which has a major contribution to the country’s GDP- moving to ensure its recuperation from the COVID- 19 downfall and stir competitive growth to match international standards in its quest for a US$5 billion industry by 2023. The stimulus package includes a ZW$500 million government guarantee and a ZW$20 million tourism revolving fund, according to the Finance and Economic Development Planning ministry. In response to interview questions by The Business Connect, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority head…

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Hard – hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

Hard – hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

By Wellington Zimbowa ALTHOUGH still counting the Covi-19 induced financial hemorrhage, through lost business, with a taxing future lying ahead, the tourism sector looks ahead and determined to take a front-line role in equipping the country with resources to tame the scourge. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been calling for corporate and individual support to control the global pandemic, through medical staff capacitation, acquisition of drugs, sanitizers, among others. Two of Zimbabwe’s biggest hoteliers, the Rainbow Towers Group (RTG) and Crown Plaza hotels have lent a hand in the fight against…

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Hard hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

Hard hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

By Wellington Zimbowa ALTHOUGH still counting the Covi-19 induced financial hemorrhage, through lost business, with a taxing future lying ahead, the tourism sector looks ahead and determined to take a front-line role in equipping the country with resources to tame the scourge. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been calling for corporate and individual support to control the global pandemic, through medical staff capacitation, acquisition of drugs, sanitizers, among others. Two of Zimbabwe’s biggest hoteliers, the Rainbow Towers Group (RTG) and Crown Plaza hotels have lent a hand in the fight against…

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Virtual tourism to salvage sector

Virtual tourism to salvage sector

By Wellington Zimbowa THE tourism sector is set for a bleak future with forecasts of a prolonged recovery from the damning effects of the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 global pandemic, with 100 percent of global destinations having travel restrictions, naturally leading to huge labour losses, due to lost business, according to latest revelations by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO). Experts have opined that there will be major job losses for the labour intensive sector, however recovery is expected if innovative response mechanisms are put…

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ZTA allays Covid -19 fears ahead of ZAA 10th Anniversary

ZTA allays Covid -19 fears ahead of ZAA 10th Anniversary

By Edward Mukaro ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) head of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti has allayed any fears of the spread of Covid –19 ahead of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) 10th Anniversary slated for Victoria Falls, saying Government and international agency’s efforts at the nation’s entry ports would go along way in keeping tourists and locals safe from the various that has accounted for thousands of lost lives over the past months. ZAA will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary, in style, at Elephant Hills hotel, in Victoria Falls, the first…

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