HARARE – Zimbabwe is ready for new friendships and opportunities while consolidating old ones, according to Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa.
It’s an attitude that seems to be working – Zimbabwe is to receive two international tourism awards. The country’s Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi has also been named African Tourism Minister Of The Year in the Africa Investor Tourism Investment Awards, but not everyone is happy with these developments.
Zimbabwe and Europe have been at loggerhead for years.The 28-nation European Union imposed sanctions on the country in 2002 in protest against alleged human rights violations. In the last couple of months those sanctions have been eased as Zimbabwe announced a softer stance on policies such as the indigenisation laws.
Zimbabwe plans to cash in on tourism
May 9 – Zimbabwe is to receive two international tourism awards. The European Council on Tourism and Trade has named it World Best Tourism Destination for 2014. Its tourism minister Walter Mzembi has also been named African Tourism Minister of the year. eNCA
They required companies to cede a 51 percent stake to locals. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe recently launched a new tourism brand called ‘Zimbabwe – a World of Wonder’. This, and its community-based initiatives, won it the award. Attractions such as the Great Zimbabwe Monument give tourists the opportunity to explore nature and the cultural heritage.
Mzembi wants the European market to move towards making up 31 percent of the industry. It currently it stands at 13 percent.
Some critics of the government have described the awards as ‘a joke’, saying that everything is ‘in turmoil’ in the country.