Zimbabwe had officially registered 30,000 rooms to accommodate World Cup visitors, hoping to earn $200m. But the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism said the take-up was poor. Of Victoria Falls’s 2,800 rooms, only 500 rooms had been booked for the World Cup by last week.
In 2008, 223, 000 tourists visited the Zimbabwe, spending $29.1m
In 1999 about 1.4 million tourists visited the Zimbabwe and generated US$400 million (Dh1.5 billion) for the country. Arrivals dropped sharply thereafter as tourists feared for their security and widespread shortages of fuel, food and electricity
Mzembi notes that Zimbabwe had 8 heritage sites, South Africa 12, Mozambique 1 and Botswana 2 and packaging them together would make it easier to market tourism attractions.