Tourism industry still waking up: RTG chief

The Rainbow Tourism Group chief executive officer, Chipo Mutasa, said the country’s tourism industry was still recuperating from the economic slumber of the past decade.

Mutasa made the comment during her address to students and lecturers at the Tourism and Hospitality seminar at Mutare Polytechnic College.

The RTG chief said that the situation has been exacerbated by the current gap between tourism and hospitality students and companies in the industry, which she cited as heavily impacting the quality of services within the sector.

“For the past few years, the industry has been dogged by serious challenges associated with perceived country risk, lack of working capital, inadequate domestic services and deteriorating infrastructure,” she said. “The current gaps in the tourism industry are not because of the brain drain, but due to the fact that training institutions are not able to train practitioners for the hospitality industry”.

Mutare Polytechnic College Principal Tobias Kuwengwa admitted to the institutional irregularities.

“Mutare Polytechnic (College) began the tourism and hospitality course in the late 90s with an enrolment of 150 students, but the number later dwindled when the country went through an economic recession.”

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