A boon for the modernization of infrastructure in Great Zimbabwe for the tourism sector

The Chronicle

Yoliswa Dube-Moyo, Office Manager Mat South
Improved infrastructure at the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site is expected to boost the tourism sector, in line with the government’s commitment to turn the tourism sector into a $ 5 billion industry by 2025.

The Council of Ministers last week approved the memorandum on the cooperation project between the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) and the French Development Agency (FDA) on the improvement of the infrastructure of the site of Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo .

As a result of this development, the Chairman of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe, Mr. Wengai Nhau, said the tourism industry should benefit, as every improvement in infrastructure and equipment improves the quality of the product and adds value. value to product.

“From what I understand, they (FDA) will help with the commercialization of the attraction. We all have to keep in mind that the monuments of Great Zimbabwe are the largest in sub-Saharan Africa and the second most great after the pyramids of Egypt, ”he said.

“Thus, it still remains a major landmark in the tourism sector as well as in the history of the country. It is a very important benchmark.

Mr. Nhau said increased traffic to the monument would improve the economy of the entire province.

“If I take the volume of traffic and activity generated by the pyramids of Egypt and if we aim to get half of what the pyramids get in terms of traffic, it will not only improve the Great Zimbabwe monument, but also the economy of this region, ”he said.

“This is a welcome initiative and we remain optimistic that the project will take off and be completed as soon as possible.

“As a tourism industry, we are always ready to support initiatives from the government and other donors who could come and help us. We are the ultimate beneficiaries of this product, ”Mr. Nhau said.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority spokesperson Mr. Godfrey Koti said preserving heritage and culture are some of the country’s unique selling points.

“It’s a great development for tourism. It is a great development for the preservation of our heritage and our culture, which is one of our unique selling points.

“We pack it up and sell it to people. So when we make such efforts at central government level, it means we care about our product, it means we want to build up our product and preserve what is a unique selling point, ”he said. .

“We are very grateful to the government and to NMMZ and their partners for taking this initiative to this stage of approval.”

Mr Koti said that the implementation of the project would benefit tourism in the larger framework of things.

“Remember, we plan to create a $ 5 billion tourism economy by 2025. We can only take this as a big step towards formulating the basis for building this economy we are talking about,” he added.

“This is a great initiative, we are delighted that NMMZ has succeeded in bringing it to fruition and we can only expect great things.” – @Yolisswa

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