Some leading Bulawayo hotels have increased their rates by as much 350 percent ahead of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) expected to take place next month.
ZITF, the country’s largest trade showcase is set to take place between 23 and 27 April. Most of the hotels are fully booked, although confirmations will be done upon payment. A survey by The Herald showed that Holiday Inn Bulawayo has raised rates to RTGS$1 400 for a single room, from RTGS$325, while an executive room will cost RTGS$ 2 000 from RTGS$ 450. At the official US dollar exchange rate, the price for a single room will be about US$480.
Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) and Cresta Churchill are believed to have also raised their rates. Bulawayo has only three conventional hotels under Rainbow and Africa Sun and Cresta Churchill.