Government pledges more incentives for the tourism sector

By ZBC reporter

MULTI-MILLION dollar tourism investment projects in Victoria Falls have excited government which has since pledged to come up with more incentives to spur growth in the sector whose total earnings surpassed the one billion dollar mark last year.

Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Mangaliso Ndlovu who toured major tourism investment projects in Victoria Falls has expressed satisfaction with investor confidence in Zimbabwe.

Addressing tourism stakeholders in Victoria Falls, Minister Ndlovu highlighted that the government will continue to improve the operating environment and come up with more incentives to spur further growth.

“Investments being made here in the country’s tourism capital are encouraging and going forward we would like to assure the industry of more support from the government,” he said.

Mbano Manor Hotel Director, Mati Nyazema expressed confidence the boutique hotel will enhance the competitiveness of Victoria Falls as a destination.

“This is part of our effort to contribute further to the growth of the tourism industry and l would like to encourage other investors particularly women to consider investing in the tourism sector,” said Nyazema.

Meanwhile, Cresta Oasis Hotel General Manager, Mr Crispen Chimumvuri said following the upgrading of the property, the group is prioritising rolling out the latest digital technologies.

“We have received positive comments following the upgrade of our facilities and going forward we are prioritizing investments in latest digital technologies,” said Chimumvuri.

Many players in the tourism industry are in the process of expanding their products taking advantage of several government incentives which include the rebate on capital goods and suspension of duty on motor vehicles used by Safari operators.