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HIT student wins Provincial Tourism Innovation Challenge

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HIT student wins Provincial Tourism Innovation Challenge


Trymore Tagwirei

MASVINGO-A Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) first-year Electronics Engineering student Leslie Mafuta (21) has won the 2023 Masvingo Province Tourism Innovation Challenge.
He received US$ 1,000 prize money and a ticket to the national competition at Chevron, a Regency Group Hotel recently.
Mafuta who hails from Victoria Range in Masvingo was adjudged the best out of 20 innovators who competed at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) offices in August.
His winning project was titled ‘Image Zimbabwe’. It entails using 3D-generated adverts for tourist attractions in the country to give tourists a realistic appreciation of the places they intend to tour.
“I am happy that my project was adjudged in the vote. I hope this will improve tourism in the country,” he said.
The award ceremony was attended by Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira, ZTA Regional Manager Marvelous Sengwe, Tourism and Hospitality lecturers from Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) and other stakeholders.
Jubilee Sibanda and Rumbidzai Mutangarura’s project, Journey into the Mutapa Empire was second. They received US$500 prize money. The duo is from the GZU Innovation Hub research office. The project promotes heritage sites.
Luckson Zambuko came third and received US$300. His project titled Zim Africa Music Festival aims at promoting tourism and heritage sites in Zimbabwe through music.
Sengwe applauded all participants for competing in this year’s edition.
“We want to thank all participants in this year’s Tourism Innovation Challenge. I encourage everyone to work hard on their projects and showcase them in next year’s edition,” she said.
The challenge targets youth aged 30 and below. Its objective is to assist the tourism sector to grow through innovation.

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