By ZBC Reporter
Germany has removed Zimbabwe from high risk travel status, in a move set to boost and revitalise the country’s tourism industry.
The country’s quest to attain a 5 billion United States dollar tourism industry by 2025 has received a major boost after Germany’s long overdue decision to reduce travel risk status for Southern Africa, including Zimbabwe with effect from this Tuesday.
The development means that German nationals are now allowed to travel to Zimbabwe once again.
Germany had placed Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe on the red list of ‘virus variant countries’ on the 28th of November last year.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) spokesperson, Godfery Koti says the move by Germany augurs well with the country’ Tourism Recovery Plan.
“It’s a very good and encouraging development and we do hope that it will allow the German market to visit Zimbabwe, to come and explore the world of wonders,” he said.
Zimbabwe Tourism Business Council Matabeleland Representative Sharon Stead indicated that the move by Germany will also see lost tourism jobs being recovered.
“This is exciting news to all Zimbabweans especially to those employees who had lost their jobs. We look forward to receiving German tourists who have been allowed travel to Zimbabwe again,” said Stead.
Air Zimbabwe Spokesperson Firstme Vitori welcomed the latest development.
“We experienced cancellations by passengers mostly inbound, some had had connections to Bulawayo, some Victoria Falls. So this announcement is welcome news for us as it points to a boost in inbound traffic to Harare,’’ she said.
Europe, which Germany is part of, is one of the country’s major tourist source markets.