via Govt to provide 90 buses for schools tourism programme – Radio Dialogue 31 October 2014
Government is in the process of acquiring vehicles for the schools tourism program in an effort to promote domestic tourism amongst school children in the country.
This was revealed recently by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Walter Mzembi during the official launch of the Hospitality Association Zimbabwe annual congress in Bulawayo.
In his address, Minister Mzembi noted that it was important for children to start touring their own country before overseas.
“. . . just recently l was compelled by the school to pay US $3500 to give my children a holiday experience in Europe . l wondered why I was paying all this money , why l would send my children to have an overseas experience yet they are so ignorant of their own country,
“Charity begins at home, let them understand the local products first so that they can be good ambassadors even as they do their program,” Muzembi said.
The Minister noted that deals were being made to access 90 vehicles meant specifically for the school tourism model.
“. . . we are going to make available an approximate of 90 or so buses or vehicles to the ministry and its parastatals so that they can be accessed by schools for full tours,
“We used to have them and the president is very passionate about them. . . l know that this is a product that can be fulfilled.” He said.
The Tourism Industry recently intensified efforts to grow the tourism sector by introducing new models that include packages and incentives for the civil service, schools tourism as well as a diaspora tourism strategy.