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Government should consider establishing formal partnerships with other countries to enhance co-operation in tourism at bilateral level. This was said by Zanu-PF deputy secretary for environment and tourism Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa while launching the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism’s Civil Servants Holiday and Travel Loan Scheme in Harare recently.

“I am encouraged by the fact that the launch is coming at a time when the tourism sector is currently on a rebound with an increase in tourist arrivals from our traditional source markets as well as those from the East,” she said.

Cde Mnangagwa said the challenge was to find new tourism source markets and to retain old ones.

“It is therefore vital for the party to instruct and explore the possibility of entering into Memoranda of Understanding with other countries with a view of enhancing co-operation in tourism at a bilateral level,” she said.

Cde Mnangagwa said tourism was on an upward trajectory following the co-hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone by Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2013.

She applauded efforts by Phezulu Safaris — a travel and tourism company formed by Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism — in coming up with credit facilities for civil servants for holidays.

Cde Mnangagwa said such packages foster national identity and patriotism as they create a g link between locals and tourist attraction centres.

“Today, we launch the Civil Servants Holiday and Travel Loan Scheme by Phezulu Safaris, a scheme that will see civil servants being awarded opportunities to travel, go on holidays on zero deposit and with affordable and flexible payment terms,” he said.

“There is no doubt that Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism, through Phezulu Safaris, is making our nation proud as they foster strategies for cushioning civil servants by enabling them to attain the dream of their lives by becoming tourists at reasonable and affordable costs.”

Source : The Herald