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Tourism policy re-alignment on course

Story by Tapiwa Machemedze

GOVERNMENT is reviewing the national tourism policy to ensure the sector contributes US$5 billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2025.

Following the lapse of the 2014 to 2018 national tourism policy, government is re-aligning the blueprint with the goals of the Second Republic and Vision 2030.

Stakeholders who attended policy consultations in Bindura this Tuesday welcomed the inclusion of women, youth and other groups at grassroots level.

Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Acting Director for International Tourism and Co-operation, Ms Sherry Sibanda said the current policy is overdue for review by about five years.

Ms Sibanda ‘‘We have tried to include people with disabilities, the youth and women so we have chapters, if you saw last year we did launch braille activities in Victoria Falls. So we want to live no one and no place behind as the mantra says.’’

The new policy will consider issues like climate change, pandemics, green tourism, sustainable tourism development and ICTs, among others.

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