Zimbabwe in efforts to entice tourism

2010-11-03 09:06

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe intended to attract the tourism industry with tax breaks for five years and duty free imports, Zimbabwe tourism secretary Sylvester Maunganidze said on Tuesday.

In a discussion entitled "Straight Talk Zimbabwe" at the Hospitality Investment Conference in Johannesburg, Maunganidze said tourist businesses investing $500 000 would receive permanent residence, while those investing $100 000 would receive automatic work permits.

"All such investments are protected by law and we invite the international hotel investment community to consider their options in Zimbabwe," said Maunganidze. Zimbabwe and other members of the Southern African Development Community aimed to establish a single visa for the region which Zimbabwe hoped would result in increased tourist flows into that country.

Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of Zimbabwe's tourism council, said the tourism industry would be assured of improved road and rail infrastructure and a new airport in Harare.

Shingi Munyeza, CEO of Zimbabwe's African Sun Hotels, said the establishment of a government of national unity brought stability to the country, with an increase in foreign visitors and hotel occupancies rising.

"The ultimate injection that our tourism industry could receive, however, would be undisputed national elections," said Munyeza.