VICTORIA FALLS SCORES A FIRST FOR INCLUSIVE TOURISM …….. AS BRAILLE INITIATIVE IS LAUNCH

Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Hon Nqobizitha Ndhlovu launched the Braille Tourism, Inclusive Tourism product in Zimbabwe in Victoria Falls, on Friday.

The Brailles plaques, which are meant to enhance the tourism experience for the visually impaired, were installed at the Victoria Falls International Airport and in the Rainforest.

This milestone will make Victoria Falls the first inclusive City in Zimbabwe and Africa, allowing the visually impaired to travel for purposes of tourism in confidence.

The Tourism Ministry through ZimParks went into partnership with the Airports Company of Zimbabwe and a youth owned private company, Mobi Tech Smith Zimbabwe.

This project aligns perfectly with the mainstreaming agenda of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1 2021 – 2025).
Importantly, the initiative is in line with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) thrust that is promoting accessible tourism initiatives for all. The UNWTO is devoted to the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism geared towards the achievement of the Universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The colourful event was also attended by the Jairos Jiri Victoria Falls Community, Minister of State for Matebeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Director for Mobi Tech Smith Zimbabwe Mr E. Mawema, Director Operations for Zimparks Mr Musakwa, Chief Executive for Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Ms W. Muchanyuka, Managing Director for Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company Mr G. Mapondera, Airports Company of Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Manager Mr Masawi, the Tourism industry from Victoria Falls.