Tourism sector scales up efforts towards containing Covid-19

By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe tourism industry has pledged its commitment to scaling up efforts towards the containment of Covid-19 and ensuring that the destination which has no case of confirmed coronavirus remains safe for tourists.
The outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 has left many hotels, restaurants and tourists attractions empty amid fears from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) that global travel and tourism will suffer an estimated 50 billion US dollars.
While Zimbabwe is still safe with no recorded case of coronavirus, the Victoria Falls tourism industry is not taking chances and has stepped up efforts to contribute to the containment of the pandemic.
A one-day stakeholders meeting held in Victoria Falls has seen the industry pledging support towards ensuring the destination remains safe.
“As a destination and as a private sector we are making efforts to ensure that we work with government and all stakeholders in coming up with solutions and preventative measures,” said Mrs Barbara Murasiranwa of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe.
The stakeholders called for further strengthening of screening at the ports of entry around the resort town including Kazungula Border post, setting up of more isolation centres and availing of resources towards improving the country’s capacity to deal with Covid-19.
An official from the Ministry of Health and Child Care Mr Paul Chanakidzwa reaffirmed that the country has no confirmed coronavirus and outlined efforts at a national level to ensure the destination remains safe.
“We continued to secure relevant equipment which will be used by the health practitioners and as I have said before there is no confirmed Covid-19 case in Zimbabwe,” said Chanakidzwa.
ZTA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Givemore Chidzidzi commended stakeholders for their effort and highlighted the coordinated multi-stakeholder approach in containing the spread of the disease.
“The tourism globally has been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and hence with thought it proper to come and engage the sector here to raise awareness and to also understand measures being taken by relevant department to contain the disease,” noted Chidzidzi.
As part of measures to contain the disease government is conducting community sensitisation programme on Covid-19, development of risk communication strategy and training of health communicators in different provinces.
Recognizing the centrality of the media in information dissemination, a media training workshop is scheduled the 13th of this month in Harare.