Uncategorized - April 8, 2021

The tourism industry to increase its growth by 200 percent

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has projected to increase tourism growth by 200 percent from US$0.467 billion to US$1.505 billion and tourist arrivals from 0.7 million to 2.5 million arrivals by 2025 through engaging in various programmes.

Last year, the tourism sector received some relief as the Government had relaxed a number of restrictions in light of Covid-19 that had seen most activities being grounded.

The air transport industry had been shut down when travel bans were implemented when the virus affected the country leading to a national lockdown.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the cabinet note that the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Hospitality Industry will engage in bilateral and multi-lateral tourism promotion.

“Cabinet noted that the Ministry will combat pollution and enhance waste management, strengthens wildlife and forestry resources conservation, establishment of a tourism satellite account, engage bilateral and multi-lateral tourism promotion, and market development and diversification.

“The Ministry is targeting to increase the area under sustainable management to 29.4 percent by 2025; to increase tourism growth by 200 percent from US$0.467 billion to US$1.505 billion and tourist arrivals from 0.7 million to 2.5 million arrivals by 2025. The Ministry will review and harmonise environmental policy and legislative frameworks; reclamation of degrade land area including wetlands, and develop transfrontier conservation areas,” Mutsvangwa said.

Minister Mutsvangwa noted that the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Hospitality Industry will seek to enhance collaboration with relevant Ministries in ensuring inclusive development in the country.

“Cabinet was informed that the mandate of the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry is the development, implementation and review of environment, climate, tourism policies and programme throughout Zimbabwe. The Ministry will seek to enhance collaboration with relevant Ministries in ensuring inclusive development through the sectors under its reviews,” she noted.

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