By Wezzie Gausi:
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Michael Usi has said the government wants to build a vibrant tourism and creative industry for it to immensely contribute to the development of the country.
Usi has since said his ministry has among others, embarked on a project of reviving tourists’ sites in the country.
The minister said this when he toured Nadzedze and Chentchele rock sites which are under Chongoni Rock, Art and Painting sites.
Usi said the project is important in that it will help boost revenue collection for the industry through tourism.
“As a ministry, we will be visiting all tourist sites that we have in the country to appreciate what we have and what we can do to maintain and revive them. We want people to start visiting these sites,” he said.
The minister said it is high time people in the country unite to bring back the uniqueness of tourists sites for them to generate money for the country.
“Some of these sites are cultural places. We want to preserve our culture and history. As you can see people are destroying what could bring income to the nation and help build our economy,” Usi said.
One of the tourist guides Moses Gavanala said most tourist sites have potential to attract more tourists but most of them are not easily accessible due to bad roads.
Gavanala said a trip that could take about two hours takes more hours due to poor road network.
“We are thankful that the government is planning to revamp tourists’ sites in the country but as they are doing so, let them also consider construction of roads to these sites,” Gavanala said.
Chongoni Art and Painting is one of the important sites in the country. It was named Unesco World Heritage site and it has about 127 sites.