20 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Govt Plans Vic Falls Conference Centre

GOVERNMENT plans to build a multi-million dollar conference facility near Victoria Falls Airport to act as a special economic zone for the country's tourism.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi, said a 274 hectare piece of land has since been availed to his ministry by government to kick-start the ambitious project.

The planned venture is set to house a conference centre, hotels, entertainment and other recreational structures in the Disneyland form.

Mzembi said government planned to modernise Victoria Falls town into a world tourism destination of choice, while making it the country's conference capital.

"We have made serious advances to make Victoria Falls the gateway to our economic recovery," he said.

"Our vision is to make the best of Victoria Falls town as we intend to modernise it with new hotels, new venues for conferences with the best facilities."

President Robert Mugabe's "best Minister" said the envisioned facility would be the gateway into Victoria Falls and portray a good image of the country which is battling to lure back tourists.

The designated land stretches from Victoria Falls International Airport towards the resort town.

Added Minister Mzembi: "We have set aside 274 hectares of prime land near the airport."

He said his ministry would soon call upon land developers who would like to partner government and take advantage of the transformation.

The tourism minister said the government would dangle carrots and incentives in the form of competitive tax regime especially for hoteliers as first priority partners in the project.

As part of the expansion of Victoria Falls project, government is also refurbishing the Victoria Falls International Airport.

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