By Wellington Makonese
THE resumption of Emirates and Fastjet international flights on Sunday is expected to give the tourism sector a new lease of life after taking a huge battering from Covid-19.
The resumption of Emirates flights on the Dubai – Harare route and Fastjet on the Victoria Falls – Maun path has been met with optimism by the tourism sector saying it will boost their prospects.
Speaking to ZBC News Economic Analyst Dr Emmanuel Fundira and a Tourism Expert Tich Mudzonga expressed confidence that Maun – Victoria Falls route will not only boost business, but will also go a long way in building a sustainable regional network
“It’s a no brainer we are excited as an industry, it’s strategic in terms of regional and international cooperation, hoping that 2022 will get better, I know it will bring back traffic,” said Fundira.
“We are very excited by the resumption of these routes which will certainly improve our performance as a sector and ultimately contribute to the economic outlook. We now have the region opening up to the world, the advantages that have come out is that we had to think deeper on how to survive and offer the lucrative packages for our clients,” added Mudzonga.
The coming in of Fastjet to ply the Victoria falls-Maun route is a potential game changer since Zimbabwe and Botswana are members of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), hence providing easy access to the wildlife conservation region.
The development also comes after Lufthansa and Mackair announced the return of flights to Harare, in a further endorsement of Destination Zimbabwe.
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