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Tourism Industry Seeks Sustainable Green Tourism StrategyBy ATTA®
Players in tourism are keen to invent new strategies to ensure sustainability of the lucrative industry amid calls the sector needed to move away from over-dependence on rain-fed water activities.
There are fears some tourism activities would in the long run be affected by climate change, in the wake of erratic and delayed rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and human activities.
Victoria Falls, the country's prime tourism destination and tourism draw card through the Falls, relies largely on rainfall patterns as tourists enjoy one of the World's Natural Wonders during the high water season, with rafting activities on the same Zambezi River also seasonal.
Game drives also depend on rainfall, with Zimparks resorting to artificial solar water pumping during the dry season to augment water availability and save wildlife for viewing.
Sector players comprising climate researchers, wildlife and water experts, strategists, tour operators and hoteliers met in Victoria Falls Friday afternoon for a climate change and tourism workshop to deliberate on possible measures to come up with a green tourism strategy.
Participants concurred on the urgent need for adoption of sustainable strategies to save the country's major foreign currency earner.