Zimbabwe to build its own Disneyland

disney  photographerglenThe Zimbabwe Disneyland project is aimed at attracting more tourist to the African nation. (Image source: photographerglen/Flickr)Zimbabwe has unveiled plans to build a Disneyland in Africa in an attempt to boost the country’s tourism sector

A government official told the BBC that a sum of US$302mn will be invested in building the theme park at the Victoria Falls site.

The official added that Zimbabwe has expressed its keenness to make a fresh start by rebuilding its tourism industry after a decade of conflict and hyperinflation.

The country’s tourism minister Walter Mzembi said, “It’s a wake-up call for us...we must build a new tourism facility with an impact.

“We think it should be modelled along the size and the kind of vision that is on Disneyland, including hotels, entertainment parks, restaurants, conferencing facilities. This is the vision and we need people who can run with it.”

The government will also invest US$149mn in expanding its Victoria Falls airport.

In the first quarter of this year, Zimbabwe's tourism authority said that the country registered a 17 per cent increase in visitors, which represents 15 per cent of the country’s GDP.

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