Call to scrap tourism licenses

The Zimbabwe Council of Tourism has called on the government to review the licensing of tourism operators as it costs money and time.

Hotel, lodge owners and tour operators have called for the licensing process to be reformed as there are currently more than 24 different categories.

There are liquor licenses, local authorities’permits, radio and television licenses, ZTA levies, transport and infrastructure licenses and park and wildlife permits, to name a few.

In an interview, Zimbabwe Council of Tourism President, Glenn Stutchbury, said it was important that the government urgently dealt with the multiple licenses in order to encourage local and foreign investment.

“SouthAfrica, Kenya and Botswana have managed to streamline the licenses into one, paid to a government department,” said Stutchbury.

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