Sanctions hamper tourism sector growth

By ZBC Reporter

The tourism sector has bemoaned lost opportunities as a result of the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States and its allies.

Matabeleland North is the tourism capital of the nation, with other industries having developed from the growth of the sector.

However, due to the illegal economic sanctions imposed on the country by the West, times have been hard, opportunities scarce and the sector is literally choking.  

“Sanctions have had a fairly negative effect on our country Zimbabwe. It’s an indictment which the world really should seriously consider and remove as soon as possible.

“From a tourism perspective, sanctions have created an impediment in terms of our visitors when a country is sanctioned it means you cannot necessarily attract the best people,” said Dr Emmanuel Fundira, President of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe.

The rallying call to lift the illegal economic embargo remains a major issue for the tourism sector which is targeting US$5 billion by 2025.

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