ZTA to sanction unregistered operators

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has noted with grave concern, the mushrooming of entities that are running unregistered tourism operations such as car hire, provision of accommodation, restaurants, travel agencies and tour operations.

“We wish to advise that in terms of the Tourism Act of 1996 Chapter 14:20 section 36, all designated tourism facilities are required to be registered with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA),” it said in a statement.

“According to the same Act, no person shall conduct or operate a designated tourist facility unless it is so registered or graded by the authority, as the case may be.

“All unregistered tourist facilities and operations including car hire companies are therefore instructed to immediately close their operations until they regularise their businesses in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid Act.”

In this scope, the ZTA urged the public not to utilise unregistered car hire services saying this may compromise their safety and security.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies to launch an operation targeting unregistered car hire and other illegal operations.

“Members of the public are urged to report to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority any suspected car sales operating unregistered car hire as well as any other unregistered operations. To avoid any inconveniences, all operators must ensure that their operations are fully registered and licensed,” it said.