Braille for the tourism sector as Vic Falls eyes inclusive destination status

By Tichaona Kurewa

Zimbabwe has moved a gear up to become an all-inclusive destination after the launch of the first phase of the Tourism Braille in the resort City of Victoria Falls this Friday.

The first phase includes the launch of braille signage at the Victoria Falls International Airport and the Victoria Falls Rainforest through collaborations between government and the private sector.

The initiative which is set to transform Zimbabwe into an all-inclusive destination was launched by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu in Victoria Falls this Friday.

He highlighted that it is a culmination of the Second Republic’s efforts to align the National Development Strategy One through mainstreaming disability in all activities.

“All Persons With Disabilities (PWD) must get equal access and services from our tourism products and services. On our part as government, we must be actively providing equal access, as enshrined in our constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe. But these rights cannot be enjoyed without the requisite tools to engage in the tourism sector broadly and access to our world class facilities,” he said.

Airports Company of Zimbabwe representative, Mr Ronnie Masawi said the initiative will improve access to key facilities at the country’s airports.

“The installation of the braille signage will promote inclusive travel and tourism by providing an equal travel experience to all passengers. It is also going to enhance the quality of facilitation at the airports by removing the barriers that the visually impaired face when accessing public spaces.”

Representatives of the visually impaired and tourism players lauded the initiative.

“This is what we want to see in our country. We want people with disabilities to be included. This means that people with disabilities are being included in all the programmes,” said Edith Masango, representing the visually-impaired.

“It’s a group that has been left out because of lack of facilities. Now we can take them on board,” said Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe Matabeleland North representative, Mrs Barbra Murasiranwa.

Zimbabwe is working round the clock to transform the country into an inclusive destination of choice in line with the mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.