Tourist arrivals are on the rise

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ZIM­BABWE reg­is­tered a 6 per­cent rise in tourist arrivals in the first quar­ter of 2017 to 479 718, up from 450 572 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year, the Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity (ZTA) said yes­ter­day. The ZTA said the in­crease was mainly driven by the 5 per­cent rise in arrivals from main­land Africa, along with all other ma­jor mar­kets, ex­cept Asia, which reg­is­tered a 4 per­cent de­cline. Ac­cord­ing to the ZTA, Africa con­tin­ued to com­mand the bulk of arrivals in Zim­babwe with an 84 per­cent mar­ket share, fol­lowed by Europe (7 per­cent), the US (5 per­cent), Asia (3 per­cent) and the Mid­dle East and Ocea­nia (1 per­cent). The ZTA, how­ever, ex­pressed con­cern at the stag­na­tion of arrivals from South Africa, the coun­try’s ma­jor mar­ket. “This calls for se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion in ad­dress­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tion is­sues, es­pe­cially at the Beit­bridge bor­der post. There is also need to se­ri­ously look at up­grad­ing roads,” the ZTA said. – Xin­hua

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