Zimbabwe is open for business – Tourism minister

Minister Prisca Mupfumira says she believes the new dispensation in Zimbabwe will assist in growing the country’s tourism sector.

FILE: People wave national flags as they celebrate outside the parliament in Harare, after the resignation of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe on November 21, 2017. Picture: AFP

BERLIN - Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira says the country has enjoyed overwhelming interest from prospective investors at the International Travel Trade Show in Berlin, adding that in her view, this is because of former president Robert Mugabe's departure from office.

Mupfumira spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the event where thousands of traders from different parts of the globe gather to showcase what their countries have to offer in terms of tourism.

Minister Mupfumira says she believes the new dispensation in Zimbabwe will assist in growing the country’s tourism sector because the negative perspective the world had about the country during Mugabe’s rule is slowly dying down.

“There was negativity around Zimbabwe and even our own operators from Zimbabwe were not that enthusiastic but today, we will be ushering in the new dispensation. The response and participation are overwhelming.”

She says Zimbabwe is ready to trade on an international level.

“Zimbabwe is open for business.”

The minister says she’s most excited about the employment that will be created by tourism investments, adding that this will not only be good for Zimbabwe but for the African continent.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)