Vic Falls 'Disneyland' on the cards?

2013-08-28 09:12

Harare - The Zimbabwean government is planning a $300m (R3.1bn) theme park near Victoria Falls, the Guardian reported.

Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, told a local news agency that the resort would be like "Disneyland in Africa" and would include shopping malls, banks and entertainment facilities such as casinos. 

"We have reserved 1 200 hectares of land closer to Victoria Falls International Airport for hotels and convention centres," he said.

Mzembi was speaking at the UNTWO General Assembly, taking place in Zimbabwe this week.

Tourism Update reports that ahead of the Assembly, he said the country's tourism sector would contribute 15% of GDP by 2015. "I project that the country's tourism sector will rake in US$5 billion by 2015, if the correct peace and stability prevail."

According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Association, the country recorded a 17% increase in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year.

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