THE City of Bulawayo in conjunction with other local stakeholders has identified 19 tourist attraction sites which could be used as a way of boosting local industry reeling under gripping liquidity challenges.
The sites include Bulawayo Hanging Tree, Mzilikazi Memorial Library, Mzilikazi Art and Craft School, Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre Pottery Section, Matabeleland War Memorial Cenotaph, Memorial Indaba Plaque — City Hall, City Hall Grounds, Town Clock and Chimes (known as the Elwyn Chimes), Hillside Dams, Inxwala Festival Grounds, Makokoba Herbal Market, Stanley Square and Hall, McDonald Hall, Barbourfields Stadium, Magwegwe Water Tower and many more.
In an interview with Southern Eye Business on Friday, Bulawayo City Council’s senior public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said the initiative aimed at promoting tourism and economic development in the city.
“The City of Bulawayo carries a rich cultural and historical heritage which cannot be forgotten. There are sites which are significant in Bulawayo and make one understand and appreciate the origins, growth and development of the city and its people,” she said.
“The sites now form an integral part of the inner city cultural tourism initiative that council is involved in with stakeholders in the promotion of tourism and economic development in Bulawayo and Matabeleland region.”
Mpofu said since the programme was initiated they had received quite a number of tourists from within and beyond Zimbabwe.
Recently, Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo (pictured) appealed to investors to pump money into the city as council intensifies efforts to economically revive the second capital, saying Bulawayo was a sleeping giant that needs to wake up.
More than 100 firms are estimated to have closed shop in the past two years, throwing more than 20 000 workers into the streets.
Moyo said the focus of the city fathers and people of Bulawayo is reinvestment.