ZIMBABWE remains a safe tourist destination and travellers should not panic or fear coming into the country on the back of the recent isolated post-election violence in Harare, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has said.
About six people died while property worth thousands of dollars was damaged following violent protests by the MDC-Alliance supporters in the capital last Wednesday, police reported.
“The ZTA would like to inform all valued tourists from both the domestic and international markets that, notwithstanding the post-election violence witnessed on 01 August 2018 in the capital city, Harare, Zimbabwe remains a safe destination for any travel,” chief executive officer, Karikoga Kaseke said in a statement.
“The incidents of protests that occurred in parts of the Central Business District (CBD) and the south eastern areas of the capital city were quickly brought under control through the timely intervention of the police with the assistance of the army.”
He said the tourism authority sincerely regrets the loss of lives during the disturbances and extended deep condolences to the bereaved families. Kaseke the tourism industry thrives in a peaceful environment and condemned any form of violence in solidarity with the rest of the nation. The international community has also condemned the perpetrators of violence in the strongest terms.
“We would like to state that the disturbances were restricted to the central business district of Harare and the rest of the country remained peaceful and all our tourist resort sites undisturbed by the state of affairs in the capital city.
“We would like to urge all travellers to Zimbabwe and those currently in the country to conduct their business deals as the situation is back to normal. Leisure travelers are therefore happily advised to stay calm and enjoy their experience in this, our ‘Zimbabwe – A World of Wonders’” said Kaseke.