Thriving on the country’s rich history and cultural heritage, a wide range of wildlife and other natural resources, as well as favorable climatic conditions all year-round, tourism is one of the major drivers of economic development in Zimbabwe. As of 2014, the tourism industry provided about 98,500 jobs and approximately 8% of total employment in the country and contributed about 10% of the nation’s GDP. The government expects tourism’s contribution to increase to about 15% of Zimbabwe’s GDP in 2015. As is the case with other key sectors of the economy, developments in Zimbabwe’s tourism industry reflect changes in the political environment as well as the macroeconomic policies that the country has implemented over the years. This entry provides an overview of development trends in ...

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