Zimbabwe Tourism Report Q3 2016

BMI View: Zimbabwe's tourism sector is expected to go through a slump in 2016, highly influenced by a 15% VAT on tourist accommodation. Regional arrivals are expected to decrease through the forecast period as travel becomes relatively more expensive, while overseas arrivals are forecast to increase.

Key Updates and Forecasts

Fastjet, the low-cost African carrier has introduced two weekly flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.

Chinese visitors to Zimbabwe will be allowed to apply for a visa upon arrival following a loosening of visa restrictions. Additionally, visas have been scrapped entirely for countries within the South African Development Community (SADC).

Total inbound arrivals are forecast to rise by 9.8% between 2016 and 2020, reaching over 2.8mn by the end of the period.

International tourism receipts will see a steady increase throughout the forecast period, which will be in line with the increased overseas arrivals.

Source: Market Research; Publisher Name:Business Monitor International