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SA signs memo aimed at increasing tourism with Zim

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In a memorandum signed with Zimbabwe, SA's tourism department has committed to exchanging professionals and promoting sustainable tourism.

A tourist takes a picture of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday, furthering tourism opportunities between the two countries, the department of tourism said.

“Both countries acknowledge the contribution that tourism makes in growing their respective economies and creating employment opportunities,” it said in a statement.

The memorandum focuses on both countries sharing their best practices on integrating culture and heritage into tourism, increasing investment opportunities and collaborating in research and policy making.

It also allows both countries to exchange professionals and promote sustainable tourism.

“Governance mechanisms to oversee the implementation of the actions related to the content of the… [memorandum] have been put in place and officials from both countries will meet twice a year to report on progress and also review progress made,” the department said.

“Senior government officials from both countries will develop an implementation plan focusing on the areas of collaboration, and regularly review progress in the implementation of the… [memorandum].” - Sapa

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