Ostacles need to be cleared for tourism to boom

The President of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ), Tichaona Hwingwiri, says his association is pleased with the upward trend within travel and tourism in the past two years.


He says, however, Zimbabwe still has "much more ground to cover for it to enjoy the number of international tourist arrivals of the boom period of the 1990s".

"A great many factors still act as obstacles to a full and unimpeded progress towards tourism growth and development, among which is the domestic air service situation," he said in an exclusive interview.

"Domestic tourism has been slow particularly in areas such as the Eastern Highlands, Kariba, Great Zimbabwe and the Bulawayo area but continues to grow in destinations such as Harare and Victoria Falls.

"It is hoped that all obstacles to tourism growth can be identified and removed and HAZ remains keen to work with other partners such as the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) and others in this regard."

Zimbabwe's tourism industry used to be very active before the violence that accompanied the controversial Land Resettlement Programme (LRP) in 2000.

The violence resulted in some countries warning their citizens against travelling to the country.

The Minister of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Engineer Walter Mzembi, recently said he too is pleased with the industry's progress especially the fact that Zimbabwe is expected to host the World Tourism Fair in October this year.

The country will share this prestigious event with neighbours, Zambia.

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