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BULAWAYO, Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24, 1966 — Tourism to Rhode­sia in 1967 looks promis­ing — but if a set­tle­ment of the in­de­pen­dence de­spite is reached is reached the sub­se­quent tourist boom will be stag­ger­ing.

This is the view of Bulawayo travel agents — the men who know who’s com­ing to town, and who’s go­ing where for their hol­i­days. Mr Reg Fourie, dis­trict man­ager for Cen­tral African Air­ways, said Rhode­sia had the po­ten­tial to be­come a tourist mag­net.

“And”, he added, “hav­ing looked at the pic­ture for 1966, which ap­pears to have been main­tained from 1965, I pre­dict that 1967 will be a boom year if the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion clears it­self.”

Mr Sandy San­der­son, a Bulawayo travel agent, said tourism had suf­fered no set­back be­cause of UDI, but had in­creased at the rate of about 10 per­cent a year. “It is still in­creas­ing, but it grows slowly.

“UDI seems to have slowed down busi­ness travel quite a bit, but it doesn’t seem to have af­fected the man on the street.”

Mr Fourie said his air­line had firm book­ings for over 2 000 Amer­i­can tourists who will be com­ing to Rhode­sia next year.

“Of course”, he said, “I cant guar­an­tee that they will be com­ing to Bulawayo, but they will be com­ing to Bulawayo, but they will be want­ing to go to Vic­to­ria Falls and Zim­babwe and other tourist spots”.

Due in Bulawayo next May is a sci­en­tific con­gress ex­pected to bring in up to 300 del­e­gates, said Peter Dun­ley of the Bulawayo Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion. He added: “If a sat­is­fac­tory set­tle­ment is reached over the in­de­pen­dence ques­tion, there would be a tremen­dous surge in tourism — par­tic­u­larly from South Africa.

Into Bulawayo in July will come some 30-50 car­loads of South Africans, tow­ing their car­a­vans be­hind them, said Mr John Beale, chair­man of Bulawayo branch, South­ern Africa Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion.

“They will prac­ti­cally take over Bulawayo Car­a­van Park while they are here, but then tourism is cash money.

“There may be some con­ges­tion on the roads when the con­voy is go­ing through”, Mr Beale said, “but they will be through Wankie and Vic­to­ria Falls be­fore Rhodes and Founders’ which is some­thing”.

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