BY Obert Siamilandu
Plans to upgrading of the Binga beach are at an advanced stage, working on other amenities for tourists to enjoy their trip, with upto standard facilities, Post On Sunday reports.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) reveals its plans, as the destination is becoming more popular with people local and international.
ZTA also highlighted the need to focus on other destinations which were earlier not marketed for unknown reasons.
The great icon which stretches for more than a killometer along lake Kariba shores is a unique tourist attraction which has been lying idle for years depriving the nation of the much need revenues from tourism.
The Beach which in most cases is enjoyed by Zambian citizens across, it is managed by Binga Rural District Council and Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
Last year ,
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority(ZTA) and it’s partners visited the beach in company of the minister of Tourism,
environment and climate, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu ,the aim being to develop the tourism master plan.
In an interview with The Post on Sunday,
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Spokesperson,Godfrey Koti said
“The good thing is everybody acknowledges that it is a beautiful place.
“It is a gem for Zimbabwean tourism and it has the potential to really spruce up the whole of Matebeleland North area.
“Last year we visited the area with the current tourism minister and the plan is to develop a tourism master plan,which we have and at an advanced stage in terms of the planning perspective to how the place should look like and what amenities should be put in place.
He added that there were working closely with an interested investor.
“We are working very closely with a company called Mosi Development Company which is an investment arm of the Ministry of tourism,hospitality,environment and climate.
“We also working with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
(ZIMPARKS) as you are aware they have jurisdiction of 400mtrs of every national water body so they are a very interested stakeholder.
“There are species that live under the water that they manage as well.
“Then there is the Environmental Management Agency(EMA) as well and from the environmental perspective,
they have assessed the place and they have agreed to certain things happening and they are still working on those that were not congruent with the environmental laws of the country.
“We are also working with the Ministry of industry and Commerce and the community so that they benefit from that land,”said Koti.