International tourism players eye investments in Zimbabwe

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

WITH a huge potential stemming from its vast natural resources, Zimbabwe continues to attract the attention of international players to many sectors of the economy including tourism.

While Zimbabwe boasts of numerous tourist attractions that have caught the eye of many international tourists, there are still gaps to be filled in terms of building more World-class hotels and apartments to house the tourists.

In an interview with ZBC News, the Vice President of TIME Group of Hotels which owns several hotels in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Toufflic Tamim said they have set their eyes on Zimbabwe which he described as having key drivers of tourism.

“We are studying Zimbabwe at the moment. We are looking at hotels and apartments and we are currently studying the environment. We run 6 hotels here in UAE and Zimbabwe in particular has the key drivers fit tourism. Wildlife and nature are the keys drivers for Zimbabwe tourism,” he said.

The Famous Victoria falls also caught the attention of international investors at the EXPO 2020 Dubai, with some expressing keen interest in investing in the area.

“Zimbabwe is the real place for tourism. We are particularly looking at the Victoria Falls area. I have spent time in Nigeria, Kenya and I feel there is lack of 5 star hotels in your region and that is where we want to come in,” said a player in the tourism sector, Mr Zaim Mahomad.

EXPO 2020 Dubai has provided fertile ground for Zimbabwe to market its investment opportunities in various sectors, which also include mining, health and transport.