Zim to construct tourism Special Economic Zones

ZIMBABWE is set to build Special Economic Zones specifically for the tourism sector that are expected to benefit from the uni-visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia which will be launched next week, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Engineer Walter Mzembi has said.

Addressing journalists during the week, Minister Mzembi said the economic zones will upgrade the countrya��s airports and will also see the construction of integrated Eco Zim Parks in all provinces.

a�?We proceeded to incorporate a 100 percent Government owned company to begin to take position on strategic assets on land that we need to kick-start some of these projects. The first project will be developed in Victoria Falls, the Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company which will take 300 hectares of land on its balance sheet and it will be 100 percent Government owned,a�? he said.

He also added that all the provinces in the country will see the construction of integrated Eco Zim Parks to boost the tourism sector. The integrated Eco Zim Park will modernise the Victoria Falls to stimulate tourism in that region.

a�?The future of tourism is in the infrastructure development like the Niagra Falls which is $1 billion dollar facility and this is what I am dreaming about the Victoria Falls,a�? he said.

He also added that the Uni-visa between Zimbabwe and Zambia will be launched on November 28. The Kavango Zambezi (Kaza) uni-visa will be launched in Victoria Falls and is expected to rapidly increase tourism revenue.

According to the minister, it should benefit tourists from 40 countries. The uni-visa will cost $50 and will last for 30 days and allows a person to visit 40 countries agreed by the two countries. Minister Mzembi also said China is in a process to join the uni-visa system and the process is at an advanced stage and other countries are also showing interests to support the initiative. – BH24