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VP Mujuru sets tourism policy in motion

Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday officially launched the National Tourism Policy at the Celebration Centre and expressed confidence that it will lay the foundation for the development of tourism in the country.The policy seeks to open up new tourism opportunities and develop new products

MR KARIKOGA KASEKE’S CONDOLENCE MESSAGE ON THE DEATH OF MERNAT MAFIRAKUREVA

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) would like to join the Mafirakureva family, the Zimpapers and the entire media fraternity in mourning the death of Chronicle Business Editor Mernat Mafirakureva. Mernat died in a horrific road accident along Harare-Masvingo road near Beatrice. The accident also injured his colleague Roberta Katunga from the Sunday News.

Albida refreshes Africa.

After decades of skyrocketing inflation and restricted competition, Zimbabwe has a new look and a refreshed tourism platform which is attracting Australians in growing numbers. The new-look tourism product combines the appeal of iconic attractions such as Victoria Falls while merging a scope of add-on experiences ranging from budget-based family safaris to luxury tented camps and high-end safari experiences across Zimbabwe and Botswana. Africa Albida chief executive, Ross Kennedy, said the product mix was proving popular with Australians who are now the company's second largest international market. "The last few years have proved to be a watershed for Zimbabwe and we are now in a position to compete directly and strongly with South Africa's popular nature-based attractions.


Mr Kennedy said a significant catalyst has been pegging the local currency to the US dollar, which has stabilised the country's skyrocketing inflation which ran as high as 6.5 sextillion percent. (6.5 followed by 21 zeros) in November 2008. "Inflation of this magnitude meant there was no foreign investment and no competition, so tariffs were high, confidence was low and there was little to no investment in product development. "With the currency stabilised came renewed confidence and we are now seeing millions being poured into new properties and upgrading of existing resorts. More than eight new camps were established in Hwange last year alone with a further five established in the Victoria Falls region."Mr Kennedy said the Africa Albida group had also seized the opportunity to diversify and was working with a broad group of partners to package a range of new products and experiences for all budgets and travel preferences. "The model uses our world class safari resort at Victoria Falls as a base and provides a choice of add-on experiences. "All products are of a similar standard and are highly experiential, but offer pricing options to suit various travel preferences, so we have exceptional, value-based safari products shared across some of the world's best game reserves including Chobe and Hwange.


 In addition to the camps, Africa Albida is working with traditional local communities to develop new activities. "Guests can match accommodation options to their budgets and still be guaranteed access to all the iconic experiences you expect from high-end safari, so we can offer traditional safaris, walking safaris, canoe safaris, night game drives and boat cruises on the Chobe River. Local communities benefit through levies and employment while guests gain a rare and authentic insight into the traditional community life. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge serves as the base for Africa Albida's safari operations. The resort has recently emerged from a $4.9million upgrade which included the introduction of a new upmarket family product - the Safari Suites - as well as new Safari Club rooms complete with butler service. The current program of renovations will see another raft of improvements including new bathrooms and the addition of more glass to open up rooms and bring nature in. - See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/feature-1/2014/05/26/albida-refreshes-africa.html#sthash.AAiufQ2s.Up3F8Ed7.dpuf

ZImbabwe - Indonesia tourism cooperation

Increasing number of tourists from Indonesians are on safari in Zimbabwe. This is a reality after the number of Indonesian tourists to Zimbabwe increasesed during the Ramadhan and Lebaran holiday periods, showing the vast scope for developing tourism between Indonesia and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, Namibia ink four cooperation agreements

Zimbabwe and Namibia have signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) covering agriculture, tourism, meteorology and youth affairs as the southern African neighbours move to strengthen bilateral cooperation, state-run news agency New Ziana reported Friday.The MOUs were signed at the end of the 7th Meeting of the Zimbabwe-Namibia Joint Commission that closed in Harare on Thursday.

Harare International Airport Flight Schedule

 

Airline Route Weekly frequency Days of the Week Websites Address
         
South African Airways Johannesburg, South Africa - Harare, Zimbabwe 18 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.flysaa.com
South African Airways Johannesburg, South Africa - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.flysaa.com
Kenyan Airways Nairobi, Kenya - Harare, Zimbabwe 11 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.kenya-airways.com
Air Botswana Gaborone, Botswana - Harare, Zimbabwe 3 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday www.airbotswana.co.bw
Ethiopian Airways Addis Ababa, Ethopia - Harare, Zimbabwe 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.flyethiopian.com
BA Comair Johannesburg, South Africa- Harare, Zimbabwe 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.comair.co.za
BA Comair johannesburg, South Africa- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, www.comair.co.za
Air Namibia Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Windhoek, Namibia 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, www.airnamibia.aero
Air Namibia Windhoek, Namibia - Harare, Zimbabwe 4 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday www.airnamibia.aero
Malawi Airlines Lilongwe, Malawi - Harare, Zimbabwe 3 Monday, Wednesday, Friday * New Start-Up
South African Airlink Harare, Zimbabwe - Johannesburg, South Africa 11 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.flyairlink.com
South African Airlink Bulawayo, Zimbabwe -Johannesburg, South Africa 7 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday www.flyairlink.com
TAAG Luanda, Angola - Harare, Zimbabwe 1 Saturday www.taag.com
Emirates Harare, Zimbabwe - Dubai, U.A.E. 5 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday www.emirates.com
KLM Harare, Zimbabwe - Amsterdam, Netherlands 3 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday www.klm.com
LAM Harare, Zimbabwe- Maputo, Mozanbique 3 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday www.lam.co.mz
SA Express Harare, Zimbabwe- Durban, South Africa 3 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday www.flyexpress.aero
Egypt Air Harare, Zimbabwe- Cairo, Egypt 4 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday www.egyptair.com
         

National Tourism Policy to be officially launched

The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry will this Thursday officially launch the National Tourism Policy at the Celebration Centre in Harare. The launch will be presided over by the Vice President Cde Joice T. R. Mujuru, who is also the Patron of the Zimbabwe Tourism sector.

Tourism Trends and Statistics 2012

According to the the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) report,  the global economy grew by 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and is expected to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014.  Much of the escalation in growth is expected to be driven by advanced economies. Growth in major emerging markets, although still strong, is expected to be weaker than the IMF’s forecast in its July 2013 WEO Update. This is partly due to a natural cooling in growth following the stimulus-driven surge in activity after the Great Recession. 

Indeed, these growth transitions, combined with an approaching turning point in U.S. monetary policy, have led to new challenges and risks. In particular, long-term interest rates in the United States and many other economies have increased more than expected. In the United States, growth is expected to rise from 1½ percent this year to 2½ percent in 2014 driven by continued strength in private demand, which is supported by a recovering housing market and rising household wealth.
In the Eurozone, policy actions have reduced major risks and stabilized financial conditions. The region is expected to gradually pull out of recession, with growth reaching 1 percent in 2014.

Overall, growth in emerging markets and developing economies is expected to remain strong at 4,5 –5 percent in 2013–14. Commodity prices will continue to boost growth in many low-income countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa. But economies in the Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan region will continue to struggle with difficult economic and political transitions.

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Tourism Trends and Statistics 2011

According to the the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) report,  the global economy grew by 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and is expected to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014.  Much of the escalation in growth is expected to be driven by advanced economies. Growth in major emerging markets, although still strong, is expected to be weaker than the IMF’s forecast in its July 2013 WEO Update. This is partly due to a natural cooling in growth following the stimulus-driven surge in activity after the Great Recession. 

Indeed, these growth transitions, combined with an approaching turning point in U.S. monetary policy, have led to new challenges and risks. In particular, long-term interest rates in the United States and many other economies have increased more than expected. In the United States, growth is expected to rise from 1½ percent this year to 2½ percent in 2014 driven by continued strength in private demand, which is supported by a recovering housing market and rising household wealth.
In the Eurozone, policy actions have reduced major risks and stabilized financial conditions. The region is expected to gradually pull out of recession, with growth reaching 1 percent in 2014.

Overall, growth in emerging markets and developing economies is expected to remain strong at 4,5 –5 percent in 2013–14. Commodity prices will continue to boost growth in many low-income countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa. But economies in the Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan region will continue to struggle with difficult economic and political transitions.

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Tourism Trends and Statistics 2010

According to the the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) report,  the global economy grew by 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and is expected to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014.  Much of the escalation in growth is expected to be driven by advanced economies. Growth in major emerging markets, although still strong, is expected to be weaker than the IMF’s forecast in its July 2013 WEO Update. This is partly due to a natural cooling in growth following the stimulus-driven surge in activity after the Great Recession. 

Indeed, these growth transitions, combined with an approaching turning point in U.S. monetary policy, have led to new challenges and risks. In particular, long-term interest rates in the United States and many other economies have increased more than expected. In the United States, growth is expected to rise from 1½ percent this year to 2½ percent in 2014 driven by continued strength in private demand, which is supported by a recovering housing market and rising household wealth.
In the Eurozone, policy actions have reduced major risks and stabilized financial conditions. The region is expected to gradually pull out of recession, with growth reaching 1 percent in 2014.

Overall, growth in emerging markets and developing economies is expected to remain strong at 4,5 –5 percent in 2013–14. Commodity prices will continue to boost growth in many low-income countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa. But economies in the Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan region will continue to struggle with difficult economic and political transitions.

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