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Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017
Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism & Hospitality Industry, spoke on the occasion of the Parliamentary Conservation Caucus Launch on “Tourism Development and Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities on July 19 at the Meikles Hotel, Harare.
Dr. Mzembi said that tourism worldwide is in the export category, in third place, behind fuel and chemicals, and ahead of food products and automotive industry. In many developing countries like Rwanda, tourism is the top export sector. It contributes 10% to Global GDP, generates 1.5 trillion USD in export earnings, employs 1 in every 11 globally, accounts for 30% of total exports in services and is 7% in quantum for all global trade.
Africa experienced an incredible growth of 8.1% from 53.8 million in 2015 to 58.2 million in 2016. Zimbabwe received a total of 2 167 686 tourist arrivals in 2016, 5% up from 2 056 588 received in 2015. Tourism contributes plus or minus 10 percent to GDP, coming second to Mining and Agriculture. It has potential to grow above the current 5% growth rate in arrivals if adequate resources are directed towards its development.
Zimbabwe tourism mainly depends on biodiversity – Flora and Fauna endowments. Hence, it needs sustainable utilization and management of this biodiversity and nature in general. Poaching and deforestation also need to be tackled with immediate effect to maintain biodiversity, nature and wildlife.
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