|Byo tour operators urged to register with ZTA|
|Monday, 09 January 2017 16:38|
Tour operators in Bulawayo and the Matabeleland region have been called upon to comply with regulations and register their operations so as to benefit from incentives that support the growth of the industry.
The tourism sector remains a big player in the national economy and the government has put in place incentives to promote the sector through Statutory Instrument 5 of 2016 that allows registered operators to import capital goods without paying duty.
In an interview with the ZBC News in Bulawayo, ZTA regional manager Mrs Sinovuyo Mathonsi appealed to all tourism players to register their operations in line with the law.
She said failure to comply may work against their businesses as they may not be considered for big events since they will not be accredited.
She also advised that only registered operators can benefit from a raft of measures as stated in Statutory Instrument 5 of 2016 which is set to boost the tourism sector whose contribution to the gross domestic product continues to grow every year.
The city has a number of unregistered operators who are operating as brothels and the ZTA they are in the process of flushing out all illegal operators in Bulawayo as it prepares for Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism and Travel Expo.
The city is also in a drive to promote sports tourism, putting to full use the available sporting facilities which are part of the legacy of the regional youth games that were hosted in the city.