Zim woos Chinese tourists

Farirai Machivenyika and Kudakwashe Mhundwa
Government is committed to sustainable growth of the tourism sector through the implementation of various initiatives, President Mnangagwa has said. The President said this during a cocktail he hosted for a visiting 343-member Chinese tourist delegation at State House last night.

The delegation comprising tourists, buyers and journalists, is part of a tourism project organised by Touchroad International Holdings Group dubbed “Tour Africa — The New Horizon”.

“My Government has adopted various strategies to ensure sustainable long-term growth of the tourism sector,” he said.

“These include increasing tourist arrivals and promoting investment in tourism-related infrastructure. We therefore continue to encourage investment in infrastructure such as hotels and other facilities that will widen our tourism products.

“The introduction of a number of incentives will further help promote investments into the sector. These include the declaration of a Tourism Special Economic Zone, which covers Victoria Falls, Binga and Kariba tourism corridor, among others.”

President Mnangagwa added that duty exemptions were also available for the importation of tourism capital goods and safari vehicles.

“Government is also scaling up efforts to rehabilitate and modernise airport infrastructure as well as road networks connecting tourist resorts,” President Mnangagwa said.

“To this end, the Belt and Road Initiative spearheaded by His Excellency Xi Xinping will go a long way in enhancing interconnectivity with countries to facilitate not only trade but also tourism and people to people exchanges. Hence tourists can use Zimbabwe as a gateway to other tourist destinations in the Southern African region.”

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Source: The Herald