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Youths raise tourism awareness in Beitbridge

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Youths raise tourism awareness in Beitbridge


Sithokozile Majola

BEITBRIDGE-Rainbow Youth in Tourism Beitbridge hosted a one-day conservation Tourism campaign in the border town on Saturday at Mbedzi Shopping Center.
Rainbow Youth in Tourism Beitbridge was previously known as Matabeleland South Youth in Tourism.
An officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, Cossam Zulu, told Two Nations that the campaign was to raise awareness of the environment, conservation and tourism.
He told the gathering that human-wildlife conflicts should be reduced and avoided where necessary. He also told the youth that there are employment opportunities in the tourism industry.
“Some of you have not seen certain animals in real life, maybe because they have become extinct or because they have become very few and are only found in limited places. This is why it is important to conserve what God has given us. There are employment opportunities for youth in the tourism industry. We have to visit and share knowledge of our local tourist attractions.
The host community should conserve the environment as regional and international tourists pay to visit these places. Protecting the environment promotes tourism because tourists come from afar to see what natural resources and treasures as wildlife we have,” said Zulu.

A member of the organisation and national youth award winner for the environment and tourism Kudakwashe Garaipasi educated locals on visiting tourist sites.
“I discovered a loophole in the tourism industry as the rates show that locals are unaware of or do not visit tourist attraction sites. This campaign encourages the community to visit these places,” said Garaipasi.

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