Tourism contributes significantly to economic growth through linkages with other industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and services like transportation and Banking. Tourism also contributes positively to GDP, employment, foreign currency earnings (contributing XXX in 2017), investment and local community empowerment. The main thrust this for the tourism sector to promote economic growth and improve the lives of people.
- Payment system that is not fully compliant with the international credit card system,
- Skills flight
- Poor road networks
- Tourism Infrastructure that is not adequetely maintained
- Power/Electricity shortages
- Few direct flights to source markets; and
- Poor perceptions of long-haul visitors due to the negative publicity
Opportunities for Investment
Zimbabwe is strategically positioned at the heart of Southern Africa and the Government promotes it as a hub of tourism in Southern Africa sice it is well connected to all other SADC countries. It also consists a wide variety of tourism facilities which include natural resources, cultural activities and historic site. These provide vast opportunities for sustainable and viable projects to be implemented.
Specific areas of interest in tourism are the following among others:
Tourism resorts and casinos
Accomodation (Hotels and Lodges)
Sports facilities golf courses, fitness centres, etc;
Conference facilities and convention centres
Theme parks, air services
Community Based Tourism Enterprises
Streamlined Customs and Immigration Services
The government has streamlines the formalities at the points of entry to make the counctu more easily accessible. This would encourage visitors who need expeditions clearance at the airports and borders. The overrall objective is to make Zimbabwe a visa ffree country.