HAZ lob­bies for longer li­cens­ing pe­riod

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THE Hos­pi­tal­ity As­so­ci­a­tion (HAZ) of Zim­babwe is lob­by­ing the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity play­ers’ li­cens­ing pe­ri­ods to en­able them to im­prove on ser­vice de­liv­ery and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

HAZ pres­i­dent Mr In­no­cent Many­era said there was a need for Gov­ern­ment to re­view its li­cens­ing regime as the cur­rent one, which com­pels op­er­a­tors to re­new yearly was overly bu­reau­cratic and com­plex.

“We are call­ing for a longer li­cens­ing term of three or more years sub­ject to a yearly re­view as we feel this will re­duce the time spent on the re­newal process. Cur­rently op­er­a­tors are sub­jected to yearly li­cence re­newals by the Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity, Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity as well as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

Mr Many­era said mul­ti­plic­ity of li­cences by dif­fer­ent Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments was hin­der­ing new en­trants and al­ready es­tab­lished play­ers in the tourism in­dus­try while also sti­fling the growth of the tourism sec­tor.

“There are mul­ti­ple li­cences that one will re­quire to op­er­ate and all these are done in dif­fer­ent of­fices lo­cated in dif­fer­ent places. You talk of tourism op­er­a­tor li­cence, grad­ing cer­tifi­cate, liquor li­cence, bak­ery li­cence, lo­cal au­thor­ity li­cence; these ex­clude other things like taxes, man­power devel­op­ment levies and util­i­ties,” he said.

Mr Many­era said there was a need for the Gov­ern­ment to come up with a One-Stop-Shop con­cept for all tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity li­cens­ing re­quire­ments.

The Gov­ern­ment, through the Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme (TSP) is work­ing on re­lax­ing con­di­tions nec­es­sary for li­cens­ing tourism op­er­a­tors so as to im­prove en­trance into the tourism in­dus­try and com­pet­i­tive­ness of the coun­try’s tourism prod­ucts. The eco­nomic blue­print states that the growth of the coun­try’s tourism hinges on the pro­vi­sion of in­cen­tive pack­ages and re­lax­ation of all re­stric­tive re­quire­ments, among other mea­sures.

“The TSP will also re­view tourism op­er­a­tors’ li­cens­ing re­quire­ments with a view to im­prove en­try into the in­dus­try and com­pet­i­tive­ness of tourism prod­ucts. This will in­clude the stream­lin­ing of the reg­is­tra­tion, li­cens­ing and per­mit re­quire­ments, as well as nu­mer­ous charges and fees,” reads part of the doc­u­ment.

The eco­nomic blue­print also seeks to en­hance the mar­ket­ing of the coun­try as a tourist des­ti­na­tion of choice.

“The Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme also tar­gets sup­port for ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing and re­brand­ing of Zim­babwe, to fa­cil­i­tate tourism ar­rivals, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s di­verse tourist at­trac­tions, rang­ing from nat­u­ral to man­made his­tor­i­cal sites. This will hinge on the pro­vi­sion of in­no­va­tive in­cen­tive pack­ages and re­lax­ation of all re­stric­tive re­quire­ments, among other mea­sures,” reads the doc­u­ment.

Mr In­no­cent Many­era

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