Zim has high hopes for tourism

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s economy is likely to strengthen due to an anticipated recovery in tourism, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has said.

Zimbabwe, isolated and shunned by the West for suspected human rights abuses under President Robert Mugabe, has recently made steady gains in tourism.

Holiday bookings and inquiries have been rising, pointing to a potential recovery in the sector in the months ahead.

Data from the ZTA shows Zimbabwe’s tourist arrivals for the first quarter 2016 increased by 16 percent to 450 572 compared to 387 557 in 2015 same period, driven by increased arrivals from all source regions except for Oceania.

“It is going a long way to support the foreign exchange because of the positive sentiments, the inflows that are coming in, the tourists and the general investor confidence which helps in reversing any expectation about the future of our economy,” the ZTA said.

In terms of accommodation, the national average hotel room occupancy rate decreased to 36 percent from 38 percent.

Harare had the highest average room occupancy rate of 53 percent followed by Victoria Falls, Midlands, Mutare, Vumba and Nyanga.

Tourism collapsed after Mugabe began a forcible take-over of white-owned farms about a decade ago. Political violence and an economic meltdown kept tourists away from the country’s nature preserves and its gateway to the Victoria Falls.

Comments (3)

High hopes for Tourists to sight see the destructive nature of indigenization & empowerment!!!!

Mukanya - 30 December 2016

Karikoga why did yu agree to the banning of CNN and BBC.?Did yu not know the effects on tourism.CNN are now running programs on Vic Falls from Zambia.Our sculptures now run to Zambia for world attention.Recently Zim sculptures were presented by CNN as Zambian sculptures ,at Vic Falls.Why Kaseke.Yu need to ask government to unban CNN and BBC.

viola gwena - 30 December 2016

And yu shuld start the campaign to return to Commonwealth.What did we get by getting out.kicking ourselves in the teeth by taking such distructive routes just to fix Uk?Idiocy.Who is crying now?Letting pple like j.moyo lead our country on these distructive dicisions is very dangerouse for our nation.J.moyo banned CNN.For what?

viola gwena - 30 December 2016

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