Mnangagwa Encourages Youth Involvement in Tourism
Hon. Tongai Mnangagwa, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, advised the youth to become more active in the tourism sector by developing new and disruptive concepts that can be developed into successful tourism enterprises.
Speaking at the Harare Province Tourism Innovation Challenge prize giving ceremony which was hosted by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, he said, “Coupled with government support this will result in the youth taking ownership and being empowered through a deliberate tourism enterprises incubation program.”
He also extended an invitation to interested parties to join the government in order to assist and work with the Tertiary Innovators. “With regard to tourism development, the program definitely challenges our youth to be more proactive and think outside the box.”By doing this, we will contribute to the empowerment of young people and assist in deterring them from engaging in harmful behaviors, such as drug use disguised as a pleasurable or exciting activity.
“As government, we are playing our role in ensuring and enabling an environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, so we tap from His Excellency’s statement, “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo,” said C.Z. Tawengwa, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for the Harare Province, who was the guest of honor at the event.” The involvement of young people at the provincial level will boost innovation and entrepreneurship in our region, making our tourism offerings more competitive”.
Minister Tawengwa, Deputy minister Mnangagwa, and secretary for tourism and hospitality industry Dr. T. Munyanyiwa presented the prizes to the winners, 26-year-old Gracia Bvute, who took home US $1000, Tinotenda Ngwenya, who came in second with USD $500.00 and Tinotenda Munhuuripo, who came in third received US $300.00. Now, the victorious provincial contender is vying for the national title.