Adoption of Victoria Falls (SEZ) to boost tourism arrivals in marginalised Mat North

Adoption of Victoria Falls (SEZ) to boost tourism arrivals in marginalised Mat North
Published: 16 February 2018 (2117 Views)
The Government of Zimbabwe is set to consider the adoption of the Victoria Falls Tourism Special Economic Zone corridor approach which will go a long way in addressing imbalances in product profiling within Matebelaland North region, a move which is set to benefit marginalised communities especially such as Gwanda and the part of lower Zambezi area which have been excluded for a quite a long time with women and children the most affected.

"This will go a long way in ensuring tourism development does not only concentrate on Victoria Falls but spreads to the entire province", said the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon Prisca Mupfumira while speaking during a consultative workshop on the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) in Victoria Falls.

Minister Mupfumira further emphasised that the designation of the region as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) should not only concentrate on investment from outside the country while ignoring the local people at the grassroots level. The project will, upon successful implementation, enable the Victoria Falls Tourism Special Economic Zone to see the emergency of world class tourism and hospitality training institutions that will capture the attention of the entire SADC region.

She said Government through her ministry had shown preparedness and commitment to the development of the Victoria Falls Tourism Special Economic Zone by placing the project under the ministry's 100~day work programme.

Hon Mupfumira also challenged the accommodation sector in Victoria Falls to seriously consider the domestic tourism market and not only be glued on international tourism, as it presents opportunity for economic growth and sustainability of the hospitality industry.

Presently, Victoria Falls has 1 781 rooms and hotels constitute 1 125 of the rooms while the remaining balance being lodges and other accommodation facilities.

The project which was funded at the tune of US$80k saw the training of women and youth residents in Victoria Falls in housekeeping, food and beverage services, food preparation, tour guiding and business management for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and women co~operatives in the tourism sector.

This development by the Tourism sector in Zimbabwe through Government's adoption of the Victoria Falls Tourism Special Economic Zone will see a boost in arrivals not only for Victoria Falls but also stimulate growth for tourism for other towns along the railway line corridors such as Gwanda.


- Maxwell Teedzai Local Government News Reporter In Victoria Falls

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Trump cancels meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

by Staff reprter | 24 May 2018 | 63 Views

How new teachers in Zimbabwe learn to do their jobs

by Nhlanhla Mpofu, Sol Plaatje University and Lizette J de Jager, University of Pretoria | 24 May 2018 | 51 Views

Mnangagwa's 18 children

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 100 Views

Mnangagwa will shoot to stay in power say Hungwe

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 96 Views

Reprieve for Mugabe 'robber'

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 57 Views

Undenge alleges political persecution

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 49 Views

Mujuru, step children fight takes a new twist

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 50 Views

Chamisa comes under fire

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 60 Views

Fuel shortages persist

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 44 Views

Top cops fingered in smuggling

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 40 Views

Mnangagwa lauded for not forcing people to rally

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 51 Views

Mugabe keeps Zimbabweans MPs guessing

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 35 Views

Africa Day: internet freedoms, a way to democracy

by Patience Sibanda | 24 May 2018 | 40 Views

Duchess Meghan is pregnant?

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 52 Views

MDC-T orders primary election rerun.. Zanu-PF disease

by A Mhlongo | 24 May 2018 | 41 Views

Obiang Nguema jets in

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 50 Views

Mugabe warnes by lawmakers

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 69 Views

Tips for improving your kitchen

by Staff Reporter | 24 May 2018 | 45 Views

Mnangagwa's unit an attack on prosecutorial independence

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 36 Views

Chiefs seek peace order against Obert Mpofu

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 42 Views

Moving away from the death penalty in Zimbabwe - has the time come for change?

by Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe | 24 May 2018 | 35 Views

70% of Zimbabwe's DNA test results NEGATIVE

by Staff reporetr | 24 May 2018 | 62 Views

Stabbed by ex-wife's boyfriend

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 49 Views

Mnangagwa's office exonerates Undenge

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 201 Views

Local company to print ballot papers

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 211 Views

Mnangagwa's anti-corruption charade unravels

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 84 Views

EU offers fund to audit Zim's first biometric voters' roll

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 83 Views

Mukupe in more trouble

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 227 Views

Petina Gappah targets Mukupe in smear campaign?

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 243 Views

Mnangagwa bows to Chinese pressure

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 181 Views

Mining speculators invade Zimbabwe's Great Dyke

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 84 Views

Woman discovers hubby's lover is HIV+, takes poison

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 May 2018 | 87 Views

Attack on Khupe is criminal - Mwonzora

by Stephen Jakes | 24 May 2018 | 223 Views

NRZ's $400m mega deal equipment incompatible

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2018 | 143 Views