After years in the tourism wilderness, Zimbabwe is bouncing back strongly. According to the WTTC, its tourism economy is set to grow 6.3 percent this year. The influential travel and tourism body also predicts that Zimbabwe will continue growing at 8.2 percent per annum over the next decade, the second highest in the world after China.
Indaba 2011 is proving a successful show for Zimbabwean tourism, with stakeholders reporting that they have sealed a number of deals. The development has raised hopes that the country’s tourism sector is on the road to recovery after years in the wilderness.
BTN talks to Givemore Chidzidzi, COO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority at ITB Berlin 2011
In a new column about nations that are tourism pariahs today but have the attributes to become stars of tomorrow, BTN looks at the potential of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s battered tourism industry has received a boost after the North Korea football team confirmed they will train in the country prior to heading to South Africa for this summer’s World Cup.
BTN interviews Hon Eng, W. Mzembi (MP) Minister of Tourism, Zimbabwe at World Travel Market (WTM) London 2009
Breaking Travel News interviews Zimbabwe Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi
Zimbabwe is slowly yet surely returning from international exile, with travel warnings by the United States, Japanese and German governments lifted this month, and other countries expected to follow suit. Germany’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Albrecht Cronze, said the prevailing situation in Zimbabwe no longer justified the travel warnings. The US has scrapped its advisory warning but says this does not signal a shift in US policy toward the unity government.
Zimbabwe’s national currency will remain suspended for at least a year as the country turns to foreign currency to combat hyper-inflation. “There was nothing to support the value of the Zimbabwean dollar,” Economic Planning Minister Elton Mangoma said.