Four years ago, Government adopted a policy on religious tourism to complement other forms of tourism that have gained prominence in recent years including leisure, health and sports tourism. Tourism Minister, Water Mzembi recently spoke to The Sunday Mail on Walter Magaya‘s upcoming religious event, Night of Turn Around 5.
The Government of Zimbabwe through my ministry extends a warm welcome to all who are coming for the Night of Turnaround 5. We invite people from all over the world to come and experience the excellent hospitality in Zimbabwe and witness the life changing encounter with the man of God, Prophet Walter Magaya.
Zimbabwe is home to various religions although Christianity is dominant. Statistics show that over 400 million people worldwide visit religious sites every year and 30 percent of the world’s travelling people are motivated by faith and religion. He said religious attractions set to benefit from the policy include shrines and in some cases popular prophets.
It is for this reason that Government approved a new religious policy that seeks to promote equity and access to religious tourism products. Church groups are becoming highly organised and the tourism policy aims to facilitate and grow tourism by church organisations in the same manner it has facilitated growth and development of other tourism products.
Eng Mzembi said movements of religious people constitutes tourism since the majority of them spend days and nights away from their homes,
This is a reality that as leaders we cannot afford to ignore. This is a reality we must not only recognise but which we must find ways of addressing so that our people’s religiosity is leveraged for the best interests of our nation. Religion promotes peace and harmony with spiritual well-being considered as an integral part of people’s way of life. It has been so since time immemorial. We are not surprised therefore that as the conduct of human life becomes more and more complex in the globalised world, our people have not wasted time before making religion a very important aspect of their life. We are all aware of the massive tourism and travel associated with the sites of Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome and other religious centres of note.
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