Parks and museums to anchor domestic tourism| Tourism Focus
The government says it is going to use Zimbabwe National Parks and the National Museums and Monuments to anchor the domestic tourism drive.
This was confirmed by the Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu in the National Assembly through that “It is undoubted that Zimparks and other government entities such as the National Museums and Monuments will play a leading role in the promotion of domestic tourism.
“Currently, Zimparks is on a major renovation drive of its facilities all around the country to improve standards. Besides Zimparks, we have the Museums and Monuments, though not directly under my Ministry, we are working hand in glove to ensure that they also provide packages for domestic tourists in their heritage facilities all around the country.
“Major Museums and Monuments across the country such as the Great Zimbabwe should see a major influx of domestic tourists post the pandemic,” he said.
The Minister added that “there is need to ensure affordable transport and accommodation and enhanced marketing which we are working to enhance through the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
“Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, my Ministry had already started reviving Community Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTEs) which thrive around packaging and promoting our culture, norms and cuisines as tourist attractions.
“This preserves our culture and heritage whilst allowing communities to be producers of tourism products and earn a living out of tourism. I can tell you of KoMpisi Village in Victoria Falls where schools take their learners to see the traditional ways of doing things which are no longer used these days.
“We are reviving CBTEs throughout the country with international Cooperating Partners such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” he said.
The minister took the opportunity to inform Parliament that the revival of local festivals will also go a long way in promoting domestic tourism.