(Xinhua) -- Tourism operators from Africa on
Wednesday called for the removal of hurdles that impede the
This was said by various tourism
players from the continent at the Meetings Africa 2018 which
came to an end on Wednesday.
Patricia Mupfumira, Zimbabwean
Minister of Tourism and Hospitality said Africa needs to remove
obstacles to the sector. He said his country is currently trying
to do that by improving roads to boost tourist arrivals and
establishing special economic zones to improve the country’s
She said Zimbabwe is in the process of
establishing one-stop shop where potential investors can apply
for company licenses and get all the necessary paperwork
speedily in one place.
Frank Murangwa, director of meetings,
incentives, conventions, and events (MICE), destination
marketing of Rwanda Convention centre called on Africa to
collaborate when hosting major events. Murangwa said many
African countries should learn from Rwanda’s best practices.
“Tourism needs to be understood by the
leaders like the situation in Rwanda. Tourism needs support
of the government to create an enabling environment for
tourism to succeed. These include access to countries,
remove visa hassles and ensure there is security and peace,”
He said African countries who cannot
afford to have flag carriers should open skies for those with
money to operate to promote the sector.