The Hotels Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) and the Employers’ Association for Tourism and Safari Operators have called on the government to prioritise fuel allocations for the tourism industry as it was a big earner of foreign currency. HAZ chairperson Farai Chimba told NewsDay,
The shortages are impacting negatively on movement of clients and services that compliment tourism with potential revenue being lost in the process.
Clement Mukwasi president of the Employers’ Association for Tourism and Safari Operators added
…We have regional tourists who prefer road over air travel and those people become stranded when they arrive here and that needs to be urgently attended. Garages give us fuel because we make payments in advance, but they can’t allocate us if there is no fuel completely. The ministry should intervene and make sure that tourists’ services requirements are met with no compromise or delay.