Industry & Commerce TOURISM

Recovery of growth volumes in the traditional western markets

In progress
Mar 2019

Zimbabwe 2018 tourist arrivals peak 2,6 million March 17, 2019

Domestic tourism generated around $335 million in revenue last year on the back of increased hotel occupancies and visits to national parks and monuments. Overall the national average hotel occupancies rose by five percent to 53 percent from 48 percent recorded in 2017, figures released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority showed.

Oct 2018

Team Tourism to clear IATA debt October 24, 2018

The team’s meeting with the Ministry of Finance and the RBZ discussed the IATA debt in great detail and a resolution to immediately address the skyrocketing repatriation debt was reached. A payment plan was agreed on and the Ministry of Finance, through the RBZ, will make significant monthly payment of US$4 million a month towards the $150 million debt.

Oct 2018

Overland visitors up 35 percent October 17, 2018

There has been a 35 percent increase in the number of tourists participating in overland tours between Zimbabwe and South Africa since the beginning of the year. The tourists entered the country mainly through Beitbridge Border Post. The tourists come at the invitation of various travel agencies in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Upon arrival at Beitbridge, they are assisted by ZTA to enter the country.

Sep 2018

US, Australia endorse Zim tourism brand September 24, 2018

Australian and United States’ consuls met tour operators in Hwange and Victoria Falls where they reaffirmed their countries’ renewed support for Zimbabwe as a safe destination. The US leads the arrivals pack in Victoria Falls and Hwange, commanding 35 percent while Australia is third after Japan. Australia and US have an influence on other countries’ travellers as they have the world’s travel agents who literally control tourism.

Sep 2018

Chiwenga launches African Dream boat September 24, 2018

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has inaugurated the French-owned and Zimbabwe assembled luxury boat, the African Dream, built at a cost of $2,5 million dollars. Retired General Chiwenga added that the coming on board of the French family in the local tourism sector is testimony that Zimbabwe is open for business.

Sep 2018

We’ll continue to engage international community: Vice President Chiwenga September 07, 2018

Officially opening the 11th edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo yesterday evening, Dr Chiwenga said the tourism sector in particular, presents a huge opportunity for growth and was a major beneficiary of the on-going economic reforms being implemented by President Mnangagwa’s Government. Given the enormous contribution of tourism to the economy, estimated to be around 11 percent to Gross Domestic Product, the Vice President said Treasury has committed itself to increasing budgetary support for destination marketing. “I am confident that we can increase our tourist arrivals three fold from the current 2,4 million to well over 7 million in the next five years. This calls for well thought out and aggressive marketing in targeted markets,” he said.