Most of the airlines that fly into Zimbabwe are not direct flights from source markets, such as the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and this is killing tourism in the country. On Monday, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority head of corporate communications Mr. Sugar Chagonda said that having to make connecting flights is deterring people from coming to Zimbabwe. He also said that travelers who have to make a connection at Harare wait for hours for their connecting flight.
According to Mr. Chagonda, back in the 1990s, more than 40 flights flew to Zimbabwe, but over the years that number has dwindled to 14. He said this indicates a drop in the number of tourists coming into the country. The country has recently been mass marketed as a safe destination and they are cohosting this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly with Zambia.
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