No joy for Manicaland tourism operators

Tourism and hospitality operators in Manicaland who were pressing for the expansion of the Grand Reef aerodrome to accommodate more flights to Eastern Highlands resorts will have to wait a little longer.

Transport and infrastructure secretary Munesu Munodawafa.
Transport and infrastructure secretary Munesu Munodawafa.

Despite being endowed with world-class destinations, such as Mutarazi Falls and Mount Inyangani, Manicaland does not have a decent airport to cater for such tourists. The result has been slow tourism development.

Now efforts have hit a brick wall with the news that transport and infrastructure secretary, Munesu Munodawafa, has said the cash-strapped government can’t guarantee a Mutare airport project because of its commitment to the $150m Victoria Falls airport project.

“We know Mutare needs to be upgraded but now we are looking at optimising the resources that come through. We are heavily committed to Victoria Falls,” Munodawafa told The Zimbabwean. He said government instead had Buffalo Range airport in Masvingo in mind because it opened the country to transfrontier travel with South Africa and Mozambique. Munodawafa said the terminal building at Buffalo Range was not up to the standard expected by tourists.

The secretary, however, said that if there were players interested in developing Mutare airport in a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement, they would be welcome.

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