At the pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls, Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba reportedly took the time to remind the govt that tourism was one of the industries hit the hardest by the constant power and water cuts as tourists now prefer going to Livingstone than Vic Falls.
The acting tourism minister responded to Mr Chinotimba by saying the govt was looking into the matter because tourist arrivals had declined by 3% in the first quarter of 2019 which resulted in a 9% revenue dip. Said Mangaliso Ndlovu:
We need to invest in tourism so we earn foreign currency and we can do this by capacitating tourism players. Government is serious about ease of doing business and the ministry will look at all instruments and harmonise them because this is what creates a number of bureaucratic tendencies, which we can do away with.
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Power cuts were initiated by ZESA in May 2019 as electricity generation in Kariba dwindled.
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