Zimbabwean Immigration sidelines visa issuing and highlight visitor spending

Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017

Zimbabwean Immigration sidelines visaAs explained by the official, Zimbabwe should concentrate more on visitor spending while staying in a country rather than simply issuing visas to the tourists. Though the majority of the revenue is being earned from issuing visas as confirmed by Clemence Masango, principal director of department of immigration should not be the chief priority whatsoever.

To quote Mr Masango, ‘’ as a country, we need to move away from visas to the extent possible and also not amplify too much of the revenue that we get from visa fees. The real benefit that accrues to any economy from tourism is what tourists spend when they come here, not the $50 visa fees.’’

The Kaza uni-visa was discontinued in 2015. However, this has again been re-launched last December with a vision to include countries like Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe which are part of Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranked Zimbabwe as one of the top 30 countries in the world in 2016. This ranking helped to reduce travel restrictions and provide free movement of the tourists in the last seven years. Government discarded visa requirements for the people of Southern African Development Community along with 37 other countries like Turkey, China, Iran, Cuba, Algeria and other nations in the same year.

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